Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Google Maps Is Removing That Cupcake Calorie Counter After User Backlash

Google Maps Is Removing That Cupcake Calorie Counter After User Backlash

And although this new Maps feature might sound similar to how some restaurants are required to show calorie counts on menus, this is more aggressive.

The California-based company has removed an experimental feature which estimated how many calories its users would burn while walking a route. Then it converts those calories into mini cupcakes. The calories were communicated in equivalence to the amount of "mini cupcakes".

Google said an average person burns 90 calories for every mile they walk, but doesn't clarify what an "average" person looks like. Furthermore, calorie estimates for "average" people is so vague that the information isn't very helpful without more context about how it was calculated. MapMyFitness (which is owned by Under Armour) has offered a feature called "Route Genius" since 2014, creates maps for walking and running based on users' fitness goals. That's exactly the sort of snack a gaggle of Soylent-chugging gym nerds eternally cloistered in the amniotic sac of a Google conference room would assume we on the outside are shoveling into our maws, taking breaks only to unlock our vehicle doors or use our sticky fingers to order more mini cupcakes.

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Critics also noted that preoccupation with calorie tracking is one of the hallmarks of anorexia nervosa, as well as other eating disorders. Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from CNET.

In other Maps news, Google this week added another new feature users will probably like better than the calorie estimator: imagery from spacecraft Cassini, which launched from Cape Canaveral twenty years ago to study Saturn and its moons.

Users will no longer see the feature from this week.

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