Publication: Evaluation of a Smart Fork to Decelerate Eating Rate

Eating rate is difficult to modify, because of its highly automatic nature. In clinical settings, researchers have had some success changing behavior by using devices that deliver feedback in real time. However, existing technologies are either too cumbersome or not engaging enough for use in daily life contexts. Training people to eat more slowly in everyday eating contexts, therefore, requires creative and engaging solutions. This article, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (doi:10.1016/j.jand.2015.11.004) presents a qualitative evaluation of the feasibility of a smart fork to decelerate eating rate in daily life contexts. Furthermore, we outline the planned research to test the efficacy of this device in both laboratory and community settings.