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The screen as you are eating. The support button is clear along with positive affirmations.
There is an entry and exit survey to evaluate their feelings before and after the meal with optional text input.
Once you press the support button, it takes you through a series of questions to take you through the CBT.
Positive messages encourage you to keep going to complete the meal after these intrusive thoughts.
We currently are all in the same psychology course where we learned about eating disorders. We know that eating disorders have serious emotional, medical, and nutritional consequences and haven't seen lots of solutions that aim to tackle this problem.
What it does
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a technique used to help individuals with EDs. Our solution is to provide a real-time “meal buddy” system that employs CBT to help remedy self-defeating thought patterns that contribute to eating disorders. This buddy helps you think through any intrusive thoughts as you eat. This app is easy to use for all and is unbiased because unlike other apps, prompts are open ended. This helps you address the thoughts in the moment.
How we built it
This prototype was built using Figma. We used the Anima plug-in to add the audio options.
Challenges I ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We learned how to use Google Apps Scripts and explored different Figma plugins.
What we learned
We learned a lot about design and how much is possible with Figma.
What's next for MealMate
To further personalize the experience, in the future, we plan to allow users in collaboration with their healthcare providers to enter their own positive messages to play throughout the meal. These positive messages can be tailored to address common negative thought patterns that the patient and healthcare provider have identified.
We’d also like to develop the capability of MealMate to process and respond to audio input from the user, enhancing the sense of companionship provided by the app.
In collaboration with healthcare providers, we would also like to evaluate the impact that our app has on the speed of recovery and on patient satisfaction with the experience. If successful, the MealMate framework may be adapted for recovery from other mental illnesses treated with CBT.
Finally, we think that having a "face" the mate might make more personalized and they may feel less alone during the meal.