19 October, 2017
The app also translated that calorie count into mini cupcakes, telling walkers how numerous tiny treats they would burn if they walked from point A to point B.
After receiving harsh criticism from people who suffer or have suffered from eating disorders, Google has made a decision to remove the small cupcake calorie counter from its Google Maps iOS apps. "Alternatively, this could be seen as reason to eat cupcakes - if I have burnt off the calories then I can now eat my cake".
The Maps app also stated that the "average person" burns 90 calories by walking one mile, but didn't elaborate further on that definition, and also failed to take into account factors like individual height and weight. "No one who eats cupcakes ever eats nearly 1 mini cupcake!" wrote a Twitter user who goes by Arch S.
After receiving backlash online, Google has cut down a feature from its Google Maps for iOS that tracks your calories when you walk from one location to another. The update was tied to directions and displayed how many calories you'd burn if you were to walk to your destination. The feature was in testing for the last week or so.
As quite a few pointed out, the automatic calorie estimates appeared rather suddenly and did not offer any explanation or information as to how to turn it off, which annoyed quite a few users.
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People from all walks of life generally don't like to be reminded of calories, whether it's how many they're consuming or how many they could be burning.
Besides this automatic calorie estimate, this Maps feature also gave their "mini cupcakes" equivalent, sort of for putting things into perspective.
Namely, the feature's info did not really explain how and what is an "average person".
U.S. tech journalist Taylor Lorenz led the way, prompting a fierce online debate about the update after claiming it was triggering for people who struggled with their weight or eating disorders.