Google Maps kills off its new calorie counter

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

The app tallied calories in confectionary units: one mini cupcake equalling 110 calories.

Google Maps is removing a new calorie counter feature that sparked controversy online. Not only that, but the feature also revealed how many pink "mini cupcakes" in equivalent calories they would burn.

We are more than certain this move was implemented with the hopes of encouraging Google Maps users to get motivated to walk more instead of driving, all in the quest for a healthier lifestyle. The decision followed a wave of attention on social media; while some of the responses saw Google's feature as promoting exercise, there were several complaints that it was unsafe or insulting.

Users flocked to criticise Google Maps, with many pointing out that since Google used calorie estimates for the "average" people - the resulting information wasn't very helpful to users looking to burn more calories. Others said Google was shaming them for opting to take alternative routes, rather than walking.

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The Verge also explained that on top of possibly triggering people with eating disorders, the estimated calorie burn as presented in Google Maps could be incorrect. "Not to mention just generally shamey", wrote one Twitter user.

Every mile walked burns 90 calories for an average person.

Google responded by telling Buzzfeed that it was only a test feature, not rolled out to everyone, and is being removed by the end of the day. Drag content you find in the Google app and drop it into whatever app is open next to it. Try using this feature to add content from Google to your emails, presentations, and notes, or even drag text from other apps to search it in the Google app.

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