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Smartphone Eating Habits

October 5, 2015

A smartphone app is helping researchers document our erratic modern eating habits, 24/7.



An intimate look at your food. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

Do you eat dinner on the run? Take your first bite at 5am and your last one at midnight? Mix weird foods together? If so, take heart: your erratic habits are not unique. A new study in the journal Cell had volunteers take pictures of all the foods they ate – 24/7 – for three weeks, and found that quirky eating habits are becoming the new normal for many. For example, the volunteers took photos of their food at gas pumps, in bed, and in the car. Salk Institute researcher Satchin Panda and his team found that most people were eating more than 15 hours per day.

SATCHIN PANDA (Salk Institute):

People eat as long as they’re awake.


What’s more, they tended to concentrate their calories in the evening, even though the body’s insulin response is much more efficient earlier in the day. You can download the app and participate at: I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.