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healthy food educational software

Have educational software teach children to eat healthy foods, then have a camera in the lunchroom scan what they actually choose, then iteratively improve the software to maximize healthy eating and habits
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I frequently read that eating vegetables is good for you.

I think they might be able to get kids to voluntarily eat healthier food if they used educational software to teach healthy eating, rather than just a few hours in PE class (if that).

Now the improvement is that a camera/computer in the lunchroom scans the room visually and finds out how much eating habits have change. Then the software is iteratively improved to get the largest healthy eating effect. You could also do more sessions of the healthy eating software.

Now there are a couple ways to do this. One is just to take the average of the lunchroom, or some other statistic. The other way is to recognize each student with image recognition and do adapative teaching at the software.

beanangel, Oct 24 2018

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Inspired by [2fries] anno. [8th of 7, Oct 30 2018]

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference : USDA ARS https://www.ars.usd...standard-reference/
This might be a good starting place for source data for such software. [LoriZ, Nov 02 2018]

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       "Cui bono" ?   

       There is a food industry; a large commercial sector which makes money from supplying an essential human need.   

       This industry has an interest in making the most money for the least effort/outlay. Since your species is genetically programmed to seek high energy foods like sugar and fat (something of limited availability in a 'natural' environment) these are easy to sell.   

       Since obese humans tend to suffer more disease, the pharmaceutical industry is hanging onto the food industry's coat tails, singing "My God, how the money rolls in ..."   

       Governments also have an interest; humans that die younger claim less in the way of pensions and social benefits. However, socialized medicine is a countervailing force in some jurisdictions.   

       So this is, in a very real and meaningful way, a lost cause from the outset. "No-one forgoes a hamburger at twenty to stop a stranger (future self) dying of a heart attack at fifty".   

       Or more succinctly, "VILE FATS, DIE YOUNG".
8th of 7, Oct 24 2018
  

       We have a hard enough time deciding in this country whether ketchup counts as a vegetable serving.   

       No amount of bribery, berating, beguilement, begging, or beastly backside bludgeoning will convince my son to eat a vegetable. Or even a fruit that he has never tried. It's really that impossible.
RayfordSteele, Oct 26 2018
  

       Is the idea "the feedback loop" ? I seem to remember that done before.   

       //It's really that impossible.//   

       Kids are pre-programmed to avoid poisons, so anything green or red is out of the question. Have you tried caramelizing things ?
bigsleep, Oct 27 2018
  

       He hates carmel. But seriously, yeah he's rejected most of that.   

       We fed him a small bite of watermelon this summer. You'd have thought we had poisoned him by his reaction.
RayfordSteele, Oct 29 2018
  

       The main issue here is that a "healthy" diet is far from a settled subject. For years the "Mediterranean" Diet was lauded, that's having trouble in the medical literature as the regions associated with this are now seeing faster accelerating health problems than elsewhere. Nowadays the "Nordic" diet is something of a fashion. Mainly because the graphs are all pointing the wrong way in Malta/Turkey/Greece/Spain and look stable in Denmark/Sweeden.   

       If you trawl popular "health" interventions over the decades, I'd say most were pushed prematurely by misguided do-gooders resulting in tremendous harm for which they'll never be held accountable.
bs0u0155, Oct 29 2018
  

       //We fed him a small bite of watermelon this summer. You'd have thought we had poisoned him by his reaction.//   

       That implies that you fed him *other* stuff at other times. There's your mistake. One child, one watermelon, one lockable box. Only one leaves.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 29 2018
  

       Professor Schrödinger would approve.   

       // Whatever happened to Vileness Fats ? //   

       Died, years ago, from arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and a massive cerebral vascular insult.
8th of 7, Oct 29 2018
  

       //The main issue here is that a "healthy" diet is far from a settled subject.//   

       S'truth. (based entirely on my own conjecture)
Take a Filipino baby and make them try to survive on an Inuit diet... they die.
Take an Inuit baby and force them to eat nothing but a tropical fruit diet... they die.
  

       A lot of it has to to do with mothers', (or wet-nurse) milk, but mostly it comes down to what in your peoples' diet killed all of the kids under five like a thousand years ago.   

       Dietary requirements are as personal as fingerprints.
The one-size-fits-all plan needs to go the way of the dinosaur.
  

       <side note> There was a diabetes study I might be able to find again that found that returning full blood North American natives to the diet their ancestors ate completely reversed their diabetes.   

       just sayin.   

       // Dietary requirements ... needs to go the way of the dinosaur //   

       Hmmmm ... now, that gives us an idea.   

       <later>   

       See <link>
8th of 7, Oct 30 2018
  
      
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