EVER had the problem where your eyes have been bigger than your stomach?
Well now you need never worry about over-eating again – thanks to an ingenious invention by an Edinburgh Napier student.
Cassie Fu, 22, came up with the idea of the Belly Bowl after getting fed up with feeling bloated from eating too much dinner.
The clever design of the ceramic dish helps you to measure the correct portion size without an off-putting “fill up to here” marker on the side of the bowl.
The trick is that the Belly Bowl has a two-sided bottom which allows you to tip it to one side. You simply fill it up to the top when it is in the leaning position to ensure you get the correct portion size for her favourite stir fry meals.
“We are all becoming notorious over eaters,” Cassie said. “When I am tired, extremely hungry or in a rush, I always end up piling my plate high, eating the whole lot and then I feel awful and lethargic afterwards.
“The Belly Bowl’s slanted design means you can control your portion-sizes and be aware of how much you are actually eating. Instead of piling all the food from your wok or pot on to your plate, you know when to stop and can store the rest away for another mealtime – not only helping to cut calories but also reducing the amount of food that’s wasted too.
“I want people to realise that they do not need to consume so much.”
It is hoped the dish – developed over six months by Cassie – will go some way towards helping reduce waistlines as obesity levels in Lothian hit record numbers, despite the vast majority of individuals believing they are fit and healthy. Almost six out of ten adults are now overweight or obese, a rise of more than 13 per cent in just eight years.
Cassie’s product range also includes a tumbler – to help tackle binge drinking.
Developed for her end of year degree show, the clever idea is being lauded by industry experts and nutritionists alike.
Edinburgh nutritionist Emma Conroy said: “A lot of people eat with their eyes and processed foods in particular are designed to stimulate your appetite and make you eat more than you need to.
“Some people that have a weight issue don’t realise how much they’re eating. It could definitely be useful to some people as a wake-up call and be a practical tool to help recognise their food intake.”
Edinburgh Napier Product Design lecturer Ruth Cochrane said: “The Belly Bowl explores an existing health problem. Our design students are encouraged to respond to this type of real-world challenge and Cassie’s idea for portion control is a simple, yet delightful, example.
“It is just one of the many innovative and creative projects on display at the degree show.”