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School lunch cameras: Would you track your child's lunch habits?

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An elementary school in Texas is experimenting with a new high-tech program to track calorie consumption of students at lunch time. (Shannon Dininny/Associated Press)

By The Associated Press

An elementary school in Texas has launched a $2 million US project that uses high-tech cameras to photograph what foods children pile onto their trays and later capture what they don't finish eating.

The photos are then analyzed digitally to calculate how many calories each student consumed. Local health officials said the technology is so precise it can identify a half-eaten pear left on a lunch tray.

Here's how it works: students are assigned lunch trays with a unique bar code. After the children load up their plates down the line, a camera above the cashier takes a picture of each tray.

When lunch is over and the kids return their plates to the kitchen, another camera takes a snapshot of what's left on the tray.

Software then analyzes the before and after photos to calculate calories consumed and a report of nutrients in the foods said Dr. Roberto Trevino, director of the San Antonio-based Social & Health Research Center, which will oversee the program.

The program is the first of its kind in a U.S. school.

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