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This wearable device tells your smartphone to alert you when you’re eating too fast or too much
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This wearable device tells your smartphone to alert you when you’re eating too fast or too much 

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Eating too much, too fast? The WearSens will try to stop you.

The newest health wearable sure is making a buzz.

WearSens is a metal necklace that records everything you eat, drink and smoke — then sends the data to your phone, which will vibrate when you’re doing something unhealthy.

It's easier than keeping a food diary, says Majid Sarrafzadeh, the UCLA computer scientist behind the tool.

"People do not keep a diary after the first few weeks because it is simply hard to do," he told the Daily News. "With our system you just wear it and forget about it."

Majid Sarrafzadeh’s WearSens, monitors eating habits.COURTESY MAJID SARRAFZADEH

Majid Sarrafzadeh’s WearSens, monitors eating habits.

His prototype can tell when you're eating too much or too little, if you're chewing too quickly, and even whether you're eating hot, cold, hard or soft foods. It then sends alerts to your phone with suggestions on how to modify your behavior.

And smokers be warned: The app can send alerts to your family or doctor every time it determines you've taken a puff.

The collar looks like a choker, but it thankfully does not constrict your breathing if you go overboard.

Majid Sarrafzadeh’s  WearSens, monitors eating habits.COURTESY MAJID SARRAFZADEH

Majid Sarrafzadeh’s WearSens, monitors eating habits.

To establish a baseline reading, WearSens users first chow down on a three-inch Subway sandwich and 12-inch drink. Sarrafzadeh chose those foods so everyone's readings would be consistent.

"We felt it would be harder to measure a bowl of pasta across all subjects," he said.

He's tested his device on 30 people, and more testing and a chat with the FDA are next. He hopes the device will one day monitor breathing and medication adherence.

WearSens isn’t the first Pavlovian prototype: HAPIfork, a vibrating utensil that stops users from eating too fast, was released in 2013.

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