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The HapiFork monitors "the number of 'fork servings' taken per minute and per meal, the specific duration of each 'fork serving' interval and overall meal duration," according to Fox News , and then connects to a smartphone or computer app that will process the data and allow users to track their progress. Although currently only available for the first 1000 donors to the Kickstarter project HapiLabs started last Wednesday, the online campaign has already raised $71,913 of the proposed $100,000 goal, funds which will allow the HapiFork to be available to all consumers later in the year.
However, one of the most significant problems with the HapiFork is its price tag. For Kickstarter benefactors, the cost is currently $89; however, it will increase to an even pricier $99 once it is available for all consumers. Research has shown that low-income individuals are more likely to become obese, according to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) simply because they don't have access to food that is simultaneously healthy and cheap. Since many food-insecure people could not afford the HapiFork, their health issues would only be further exacerbated.
In this sense, the HapiFork will not be available to the population who would most greatly benefit from using it. Despite its inability to help every person in America struggling with weight loss, the HapiFork could potentially be beneficial to those who will have access to it. It will also help increase awareness about healthy eating habits and promote other positive choices in both users and nonusers alike.
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