Inspiration

The idea started from the experience of only having an apple for breakfast and thinking that would hold me till the end of afternoon lectures, ending up being hungry and could not concentrate on the task. Such a misjudgment of myself of how much food I should eat inspired the idea of keeping a record of what you ate and how that made you feel. Then this reminded one of the team members of the personal experiences of suffering from eating disorders during teenagehood. Eating disorders usually occur to avoid solving the actual causes of anxiety. Teenage girls can easily be pressured into unhealthy dieting to fit in social-standard beauty and feel guilty and self-disgusted after eating a normal portion of food for people their age. We find this is a common problem that people around us just to different extents. The first step of healing is always to recognize the problem. Thus, keeping a diary about food and your feelings will make eating more like a meaningful process instead of an inner tug of war.

What it does

The website provides people with a safe environment to record their feelings after eating the meal and how they feel about themselves. We hope such self-reflection helps people, especially teenagers, in the process of healing from eating disorders.

How we built it

We used a combination of HTML, CSS, and Javascript to build the front end. The back end uses PostgreSQL.

Challenges we ran into

Our team is formed by members from different parts of the world. Thus, the time difference is the biggest challenge we encountered in our communications. Luckily we overcome the challenge by effectively dividing the work and understanding each other's situations. We also took too much time focusing on the front end so the back end integration is harder.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of offering a website that might make a difference in people in need's lives and help solve their mental struggles. We are also proud to get a team together and present a project in such a short time.

What's next for FeelEat

We will expand the website to other aspects of people’s lives. Such as the number of hours you slept and how you felt the other day.

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