Fitness tech uses tough love with new weight loss app

A new weight loss app is using tough love and sarcastic comments to motivate exercisers - but does this work?
A new weight loss app is using tough love and sarcastic comments to motivate exercisers - but does this work?

The world of fitness tech has a gadget, device and app for just about anyone seeking assistance with weight loss nutrition - even those who are motivated by negative reinforcement. The latest weight loss-inspiring offering from your app store may be just what the doctor ordered for some, but some critics are claiming that Carrot Fit is just another form of fat-shaming.

"Carrot is a sadistic AI construct with one simple goal: to transform your flabby carcass into a Grade A specimen of the human race," is the description of Carrot Fit from the iPhone store, according to The New York Daily News. This should give you a hint already that this app is probably going to give you more than a fair share of tough love.

ABC News stated that Carrot Fit uses the latest technology to measure your body mass index and tracks your weight loss for you, which is pretty impressive in and of itself. However, the messages you get aren't exactly going to make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Some of the choice insults from Carrot Fit include "Prepare yourself to be judged," "Smile, meatbag," "Suck it up so one day you won't have to suck it in," and "You're not going to get the butt you want by sitting on it."

Is Carrot Fit just another form of fat-shaming?
If you are thinking this app may be a bit harsh, you're not alone. While some are saying that this is an excellent way to actually use sarcasm for a greater purpose, some people in the healthy living community don't believe that this is the best way to motivate people to hit the gym.

"This is another example of body shaming, which is already too common and, sadly, not being addressed in a society obsessed with unrealistic body image. People who are criticized for their size often engage in dangerous dieting behaviors that put them more at risk for disordered eating and, ultimately, eating disorders. We need to quit looking at the number on the scale and adopt a healthy lifestyle." Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, said in a statement.

Apps that encouragement positivity
If you are motivated by negative reinforcement or thrive on sarcastic humor, then Carrot Fit could be the perfect app to add to your queue. However, not everyone is so keen on tough love. Here are some less harsh fitness apps that can bolster your weight loss plan without the snarky remarks:

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