|dc.contributor.author||Rossouw, Jacobus Laurence||
|dc.description||Thesis (M.Ing. (Electronical Engineering))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2007||
|dc.description.abstract||People often neglect their diets because of the effort required to ensure that they are
maintaining a healthy diet. Most people do not know exactly what types of food and the
amount they should eat without some guidance. The ideal would be to provide them with
an assistant who could supply the required information quickly and reliably when needed.
Diabetes and obesity are serious illnesses that are on the increase worldwide. Both these
illnesses are related to food consumption and are referred to as energy related illnesses.
Human beings derive energy from the food that they consume and thus it is of the utmost
importance that they follow a healthy diet. The latter should ensure that the correct
amount of energy is obtained and used on a daily basis.
At Human-Sim (Pty) Ltd a new method for quantifying the energy available from food
has been developed known as the Equivalent Teaspoon Sugar (ets). By using ets a
healthy diet can be established for both healthy individuals and those suffering from
diabetes or obesity.
This study investigates the feasibility of providing an individual with a digital assistant to
help with maintaining a healthy diet. The assistant is implemented on a cellular phone
platform to ensure the least inconvenience to the user. The study also investigates the
efficiency of the ets concept for dietary energy control.
The results obtained during this study showed that the dietary assistant was successful.
The user acceptance was high and the efficiency of use impressive. Users found it easy
and intuitive to relate to the new ets quantification method.||
|dc.title||Novel software to reduce the risk of energy related illnesses||en