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Choose units per attribute

Here in Canada, we are supposed to be metric, but we’re closely tied to American products with their imperial units. In my region at least, we measure distance in km, but a person’s height in feet and weight in lbs. We use Celsius for temperature, but food energy is always calories instead of kj. I would appreciate more fine-grained control over which units are displayed.

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Tagged as New feature

Suggested 26 January 2017 by user James Wilcox

Moved into Completed 09 November

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    Choosing units per attribute is something we’re planning on implementing in the future, but we don’t have an ETA for this right now.

    28 January 2017
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    I second this from a UK/Germany/Australia perspective. Preference here is kcal instead of kj. The values are already displayed in kcal in Apple Health.

    27 July
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    Please can you implement miles/celsius for all your UK users.

    Many thanks

    07 August
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    Same in Norway, we use kcal instead of kj

    27 August
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    At the very least, having food in Calories is a must. I have traveled a lot and I know of no place in the world who use Kj instead of Kcal.

    02 October
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    KJ are part of the SI metric units and at least in Australia, one of many countries using metric units, food packaging is labelled with energy in KJ πŸ™‚

    Food energy used to be measured in Calories (Cal) and some countries still use those units.

    From a local government resource

    02 October
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    All Aussies I know use KCal. Literally all of them. Maybe the official measurement unit is KJ but im yet to find a single person who uses this! Im not saying there arent any, just that having kcal alongside metric measurements would suit most people.

    02 October
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    I thought I was going insane here (i’m an Aussie living in the US for four years now - I think i’m finally becoming indoctrinated in imperial......) because I would have sworn black-and-blue that we all use KCal not just in the US but also in AU.

    And then I remembered I had a jar of Vegemite (personally transported from Oz) - yep, KCal on the jar :)

    03 October
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    Weird! All the things I’ve picked up at random in the pantry have energy in kj. Which makes sense given it’s the official unit as I linked to above.

    Anyway, it’s all moot, as you can see this task is already planned. You’ll be able to pick calories if you don’t use kj along with the other metric units.

    03 October
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    The times I’ve looked at packets out travelling it seems that countries that use the metric system lists both Kj and kCal.

    I know for sure Sweden lists both on all labels and I feel KCal is easier to use since many of the tracking systems come from US and use that.

    03 October
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    This is now supported in the API, and will be released once we update the mobile clients to support it too 😊 shouldn’t be long.

    30 October
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    You can now update each unit individually from your account page! Make sure you have the latest release of the Android or iOS app or you won’t see these changes reflected.

    09 November
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    Thanks Josh! This makes the numbers actually mean something to me now.

    09 November
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    Thanks for this update! Much easier to use the data to improve food intake now

    12 November