Apple to Donate 1,000 Apple Watches to Eating Disorder Study

Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches to a new study that aims to track biological changes in people with eating disorders (via CNBC).

The University of North Carolina's medical school will conduct the study, which is called BEGIN (or the Binge Eating Genetics Initiative), to better understand overeating disorders in which people eat large amounts of food uncontrollably in a small period of time.


People who purge or engage in excessive bouts of exercise following the binge are usually diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. The study will enroll 1,000 participants of ages 18 or older who have experience with either binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa.

Each participant will be given a free Apple Watch, courtesy of Apple, so that researchers can monitor their heart rate to see if there are any spikes prior to binge eating episodes.

Enrolled participants will also sign up with a mobile app called Recovery Record, which they can use to log their thoughts and feelings, to be shared with a healthcare professional ahead of a session.

In addition, participants will receive tests to analyze their genetics and bodily bacteria that the researchers can better understand the root causes of the disease.

"We need to collect data from a whole lot of people to see what it looks like," said Cynthia Bulik, founding director of the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and author of Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide. "We want to know if it has a biological and behavioral signature."

Ultimately, researchers hope the collected data might help them to predict binge eating episodes before they happen. Ideally, this could result in a follow-up study in which participants received some kind of alert when they were at risk of binge eating.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, at least 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, yet the field of research remains underfunded.

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26 months ago
Interesting. I still think the health features are one of the biggest, coolest, most important things an Apple Watch (or any smartwatch) can provide right now.
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26 months ago

It's all the watch has to offer. All it's other functions are already done by your phone.

I didn’t realize my iPhone could show me notifications without my taking it out of my pocket ;)
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26 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/15/apple-donate-1000-apple-watches-eating-study/')


Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches to a new study that aims to track biological changes in people with eating disorders (via CNBC ('https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/14/apple-is-donating-1000-watches-for-a-new-study-to-track-binge-eating.html')).

The University of North Carolina's medical school will conduct the study, which is called BEGIN ('https://www.med.unc.edu/psych/eatingdisorders/research/participate-in-a-study/begin-study/') (or the Binge Eating Genetics Initiative ('https://www.med.unc.edu/psych/eatingdisorders/research/participate-in-a-study/begin-study/')), to better understand overeating disorders in which people eat large amounts of food uncontrollably in a small period of time.



People who purge or engage in excessive bouts of exercise following the binge are usually diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. The study will enroll 1,000 participants of ages 18 or older who have experience with either binge eating disorder or bulimia nervosa.

Each participant will be given a free Apple Watch, courtesy of Apple, so that researchers can monitor their heart rate to see if there are any spikes prior to binge eating episodes.

Enrolled participants will also sign up with a mobile app called Recovery Record ('https://itunes.apple.com/app/recovery-record-eating-disorder/id457360959#?platform=appleWatch'), which they can use to log their thoughts and feelings, to be shared with a healthcare professional ahead of a session.

In addition, participants will receive tests to analyze their genetics and bodily bacteria that the researchers can better understand the root causes of the disease.
Ultimately, researchers hope the collected data might help them to predict binge eating episodes before they happen. Ideally, this could result in a follow-up study in which participants received some kind of alert when they were at risk of binge eating.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, at least 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, yet the field of research remains underfunded ('https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5608830/').

Article Link: Apple to Donate 1,000 Apple Watches to Eating Disorder Study ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/15/apple-donate-1000-apple-watches-eating-study/')

I need another Apple Watch to control my obsessive purchasing in a short time of Apple products.
[doublepost=1539604215][/doublepost]Brilliant so for a $200,000 gift Apple gets 200 million worth of PR.
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26 months ago

Let me guess... Donating a 1,000 treadmills would be offensive to overweight people??

:rolleyes:

Although you don't get a free Watch, you can embark on your own little study to better understand eating disorders...by reading the article you're responding to...

People who purge or engage in excessive bouts of exercise following the binge are usually diagnosed with bulimia nervosa.
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26 months ago

All it's other functions are already done by your phone.

Except I do NOT need to pull out my phone! This is while driving or bicycling or in a meeting.

I can prioritize what goes to the watch and what does not. I can set silent alarms and other things to make my life a little more streamlined.
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26 months ago

You can see clearly how evident Apple is focusing on the health aspects moving forward with the Apple Watch, and serious as an issue this really is for those who may struggle with eating disorders, I think this data could be valuable to have a Better understanding of the disorder.

Jeez is that you in your profile picture? Wow.

I wonder what made Apple choose this specific disorder. Pretty cool though.
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