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KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Evaluation of new eating training methods (English)
Abstract [sv]

Mandometermetoden hjälper personer med ätstörningar genom att med träning lära dem ätapå ”rätt” sätt med en produkt som kallas Mandometer®. Detta sker genom att användarna viadisplayen på Mandometers® handdator får återkoppling på om de äter för fort eller förlångsamt under måltiden. Mando Group AB, företaget som utvecklat Mandometermetoden,har även tagit fram ett datorprogram som fungerar som en simulering av en måltid medMandometer®. Syftet med det här arbetet var att undersöka om träning med denna simuleringskulle kunna ge samma effekt som träning med Mandometer®. Genom att låta en gruppfriska testpersoner träna med simuleringen under tre veckor erhölls ett resultat som tydligtvisade att testpersonerna ändrat sitt ätbeteende i önskad riktning. Resultatet visar att det finnsen möjlighet att i framtiden lägga till träning med simuleringen som en del avMandometermetoden förutsatt att utökade tester samt utveckling av programmet förstgenomförs.För att förbättra Mandometer® ytterligare har dessutom en ny version tagits fram därhanddatorn ersatts med en mobil och dess funktioner med en applikation. Applikationensfunktionalitet och användarvänlighet testades bland annat med metoden cognitivewalkthrough vilken visade att applikationen generellt höll en hög standard. Med någrajusteringar på sidorna där användarvänligheten var låg bör applikationen kunna ersättaden nuvarande versionen av Mandometer® i framtiden.

Abstract [en]

The Mandometer® Method helps people with eating disorders by teaching them how to eat ina ”correct” way by training with a product called Mandometer®. The users learn the correcteating behavior by receiving feedback from the display on the Mandometer® handheldcomputer on whether they eat too fast or too slow during the meal. Mando Group AB, thecompany which has developed the Mandometer® Method, has also created a computerprogram that works as a simulation of a meal with the Mandometer®. The purpose of thisstudy was to examine if training with the simulation could give the same effect as trainingwith Mandometer®. By letting a group of healthy testpersons practice with the simulationduring three weeks a result was given which clearly showed that the eating behavior of thetest persons had changed in the desired direction. The result indicates that there is a possibilityto add the simulation to the Mandometer® Method in the future. However, more testing anddeveloping of the program is first required.To improve Mandometer® further, a new version of the product has been developed wherethe handheld computer has been replaced by a cellphone and its functions by anapplication. The functionality and usability of the application was tested with the methodcognitive walkthrough, which showed that most of the pages of the application maintaineda high standard. With some adjustment of the pages where the usability was low, theapplication should be able to replace the old version of Mandometer® in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 23 p.
Series
TRITA-STH, 2014:48
Keyword [en]
The Mandometer® Method, Mandometer®, eating disorders, eating behavior, simulation, application, usability
National Category
Medical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-158001DiVA: diva2:773317
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Mando Group AB
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Medical Technology
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Available from: 2014-12-18 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved

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