Goggles Make Food Appear 50% Larger, Help You Eat Less


Image: DietDiet [in Japanese]

Can you trick your brain into thinking that you've eaten more than you really have? Apparently so! A team at Tokyo University developed a special pair of "food glasses" that help dieters by making it appear that they're eating a lot more food:

The video eyewear processes the image to enlarge the food's appearance while maintaining the original size of the hand and surroundings. The idea is that tricking the wearer into believing that they've eaten more than they really have will give them a greater feeling of "fullness."

The stats appear to bear this out, at least slightly: according to the Yomiuri Shinbun, a test group of 12 men and women ate 9.3 percent less cookies than normal when shown the 50 percent enlarged image, but 15 percent more when the glasses were set to reduce the cookies' size by 33 percent.

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I sell an attachment to these glasses that corrects this problem by reducing its apparent 1.5x image by 33%, so that the resulting image is 100% of the original.
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