The Sussex Ingestion Pattern Monitor

Sussex Ingestion Pattern Monitor

Contact name: Professor Martin Yeomans
Locations: Falmer

Real-time analysis of ingestive behaviour and appetite

The Sussex Ingestion Pattern Monitor (SIPM) system facilitates detailed collection and analysis of human eating behaviour. This system combines bespoke software with a concealed weighing system to seamlessly monitor intake volume in parallel with measures of appetite, mood and taste.

SIPM offers universities, the food industry, pharmaceutical industry and hospitals an exciting opportunity to research, develop and market new solutions to combat the escalation in obesity and eating related disorders worldwide.


SIPM is a highly flexible research tool for assessing human appetite and ingestion. The main types of data that SIPM can collect are:

  • Intake data both during a continuous (uninterrupted) meal and as a series of defined eating bouts
  • Eating rate and bite size
  • Rated appetite before, during and after meals
  • Ratings of mood and general well-being
  • Evaluations of the sensory and hedonic qualities of any number of foods
  • Choice of visual analogue or general labelled magnitude scale rating formats

A key feature of the latest version is the Experiment Builder: this highly flexible tool allows the user to design and implement an almost limitless set of combinations of the core SIPM procedures.

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