The feature in its iOS app, which apparently was meant to encourage walking instead of driving, also shows users how many mini cupcakes they would burn from their walk. "She cited the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, writing that "[as] many as 30 million people in the United States are estimated to have an eating disorder".
While the feature was not groundbreaking in innovation, having been built into other mapping apps such as Citymapper for a while, Google googl has had such "strong user feedback" that the calorie estimator will no longer appear in Google Maps for iOS, according to TechCrunch.
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And although this new Maps feature might sound similar to how some restaurants are required to show calorie counts on menus, this is more aggressive. For those who are curios, if a person were to walk to the moon, they would burn about 1,400,344,433 mini cupcakes. The feature was in testing for the last week or so.
Users flocked to criticise Google Maps, with many pointing out that since Google used calorie estimates for the "average" people - the resulting information wasn't very helpful to users looking to burn more calories.
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The app tallied calories in confectionary units: one mini cupcake equalling 110 calories.
The Verge also explained that on top of possibly triggering people with eating disorders, the estimated calorie burn as presented in Google Maps could be incorrect. This is a feature that tracks how many calories a person has burned by walking a certain distance on foot. Some twitter users said the feature could "shame" and even "trigger" those with eating disorders. Or Google could embellish the feature to take into account details about the user's health, including general factors like age, weight, and gender.
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