Cell phone helps Japanese stay fit

DQI Bureau
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Worried that youre not getting enough exercise or that youve

eaten way too much garlic? A Japanese firm has come up with a phone that can

help. Japans largest cell phone carrier NTT DoCoMo unveiled a "Fitness

Phone", designed to help the user stay healthyand avoid bad breath,

leading news agency Reuters reported.


The handheld phone, equipped with various devices that can

measure your pulse or the amount of steps youve taken in a day, dispenses

heath advice after youve punched in statistics such as gender, age and

weight. And you can also exhale into the phone and it will tell you whether its

time to reach for the breath mints.

"Our primary target groups would be fat-fighting

middle-aged businessmen and young women on diets," Says Kentaro Endo, a

spokesperson for NTT DoCoMo.

A recent government survey found that on an average Japanese men

in their 40s were fatter than they were 12 years ago, mainly due to lack of

exercise, while women in the same age group were slimmer because they were more

health conscious.