Apple donates 1000 Apple Watches to help university researchers get better understanding of eating disorders like binge eating or the more specific bulimia nervosa …
CNBC (via MacRumors ]]) reports that the study is conducted at the University of North Carolina.
The University of North Carolina's medical school will soon start a study called BEGIN, which stands for the Binge Eating Genetics Initiative, to better understand overeating. People with binge eating disorders often eat large amounts of food uncontrolled for a short period of time. Those who come with compensatory behavior like cleansing or excessive exercise are usually diagnosed with bulimia nervosa.
The school aims to recruit 1000 volunteers who have binge eating disorders. The primary data is a log of thoughts and feelings collected through an app called Recovery Record. However, researchers believe that heart rate data can also prove valuable.
Researchers will monitor the heart rate using the device sensor over a month to see if there are spikes prior to binge eating episodes. It is likely that a binging and cleansing episode would cause some biological changes that would appear in Apple Watch data, according to Cynthia Bulik, founder of the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at UNC.
"We need to collect data from many people to see how it looks," said Bulik. "We want to know if it has a signature of biological and behavior."
At least 30 million people in the US are believed to suffer from eating disorders of any kind and a goal of the study is to determine if it is possible to predict binge eating before time – and send the user a notice – can prove helpful in derivative behavior.
Basically marketed primarily as a useful device for alerts and data, Apple has increasingly positioned Watch as a health and fitness device – from
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