The New Data-Mining Eatery App: And What It Teaches Us About Our Diet

The New Data-Mining Eatery App: And What It Teaches Us About Our Diet

Cambria Bold
Apr 25, 2012

There's a new diet and nutrition app that aims to truly inform us about the way we eat. Eatery works by having users snap photos of their meal and provide a few details, which the app then analyzes to provide a big-picture of that user's eating habits, including strengths, weaknesses, and where to make a change. "Other apps tell you about your food. We tell you about yourself," as their tagline says.

But the most unique aspect of Eatery is what it does with all the information it gathers from its over half a million users...

Massive Health, the developer of Eatery, funnels all that data into an interactive visualization chart showing the overall patterns of how people eat: from morning till night (hint: we get less healthy as the day goes on) and from city to city. The stats are "self-reported data," as The Atlantic notes, meaning they come from Eatery users who have smartphones, but it's still a fascinating attempt to understand global eating habits.

A few interesting stats from Massive's data mining:

• 72% of foods are rated healthier by the eater than by everyone else.
• The healthiness of the food we eat decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes in the day.
• People who eat at home eat 12.7% healthier than people who eat out.
• New Yorkers drink 6.5x more coffee than other cities.
• Our friends influence the healthiness of what we choose to eat by 34.5%.

Read More: Get The Eatery app (free) and read the data at Massive Health

Via The Atlantic

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(Images: Massive Health)

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