Currently in Australia’s population, three in five people are overweight or obese. This rate is forecast to continually rise, placing our healthcare systems in crisis. In a context where being overweight is perhaps the new “normal,” the quality of our individual and collective lives is deeply impacted. Being overweight not only affects a person’s self-esteem; it can also hinder their ability to complete daily activities, create long term health problems and damage social and working lives.
A serve of food is a fuzzy measurement. People often ignore embodied cues that they are full, eating all that is in front of them. This phenomenon is but one element, alongside factors such as high sugar, salt, fatty diets, continual snacking and increasingly sedentary living that is contributing to our obesity crisis. This project intervenes in the key stages of over eating: procurement, preparation, serving and eating itself.
Undertaken through experimentation, observations, expert interviews and design prototyping, this project aims to effectively transition people towards the acceptance of more appropriate portion sizes through a series of practical and remedial product interventions. Seen as a system of tools for behaviour change the project outcomes include products that enable meaningful measurement, positive incremental change and mindful eating to address the role portion size plays in obesity.