Exploring the effect of food intake and physical activity on body weight
Prioleau, Temiloluwa; Heng, Yuqiang; Veeraraghavan, Ashok; Sabharwal, Ashutosh
Body weight is an important measurement parameter towards management of obesity, diabetes and overall health. Previous research and society at large has primarily focused on long-term fluctuation in body weight to describe and quantify weight gain or loss. Meanwhile, little emphasis has been placed on the potential benefit of monitoring short-term body weight changes. Activities of daily living including food intake, excretion, and physical activities have a direct and measurable impact on short-term body weight in a day. Therefore, understanding the effect of these activities can provide insight towards development of a wearable system capable of detecting and quantifying daily intake, excretion and physical activities. In this study, body weight, intake, and physical activities were monitored intermittently for 7-8 hours on two separate days (sedentary and high activity). Results show that dietary intake always resulted in a positive change in body weight (mean error between measured body weight and amount of intake was ±0.24 feg). Meanwhile, high intensity physical activities (i.e. cardio) and excretion resulted in a negative change in body weight.