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Google Maps Nixes Mini Cupcake Calories Tracking Feature After Backlash

18 October 2017, 12:23 | Brenda Erickson

Google Maps Nixes Mini Cupcake Calories Tracking Feature After Backlash

Google Maps received harsh criticism for a new calorie-counting feature that measured how many mini-cupcakes you would burn off by walking

A Google spokesperson told the publication the removal is "based on strong user feedback" and starting from tonight, the calorie feature will be removed from the app.

The company had been quietly testing a new feature in Maps that showed people how many calories they would burn if they walked to their destination instead of drove or took public transport. It showed not only calorie estimates, but how many "mini cupcakes" you could burn by walking.

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Google said an average person burns 90 calories for every mile they walk, but doesn't clarify what an "average" person looks like. Men are seeking help for eating disorders now more than ever-here's how one guy overcame an eating disorder that almost killed him. "One mini cupcake is around 110 calories".

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The feature was rolled out on a test basis to some iOS users, but was rapidly panned on Twitter. TechCrunch also wrote that excessive calorie counting "is a hallmark of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders".

Amid user backlash, Google Maps' short-lived calorie counter will be pulled from the app. A number of users criticized the feature on social media, calling it judgmental and potentially triggering for those with or recovering from eating disorders. Such a calculation can vary wildly from person to person, as burn rates are based on a variety of factors including gender, age, current weight, body composition, and more.

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Although the spokeswoman said the tool should no longer be appear on the Google Maps app for iOS as of Monday evening, several CNN Tech reporters could still see the feature on Tuesday.



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