The Dieter’s Conscience

Carol Kiebala invented a dieting gadget that would verbally chastise you whenever you opened the refrigerator door.

I guess that would encourage you to eat more potato chips, and other non-perishable snacks.

The Arlington Daily Herald - Sep 22, 1977

Fort Lauderdale News - Nov 6, 1977

Tallahassee Democrat - Sep 21, 1977

Update: Some images of the actual device, from an eBay auction. Seems that it was called the "Diet Conscience," not the 'Dieter's Conscience' or 'Your Diet Conscience' as some papers reported.

And from another auction, the 1978 version of the gadget, with a different picture on the box:

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 29, 2018
     Category: Inventions | 1970s | Dieting and Weight Loss

There's a used one for sale on eBay. The Buy It Now price is $69.00 (plus $9.85 shipping). It uses 1 AA battery, which is not included.

See it at this link:
Posted by Fritz G on 03/29/18 at 07:16 AM
Fritz -- Great find! Posted images from the auction above, for the sake of posterity.
Posted by Alex on 03/29/18 at 11:32 AM
So before “smart refrigerators,” there were smart-ass refrigerators!
Posted by Brian on 03/29/18 at 11:08 PM
That'd have the opposite of the desired effect for me. I keep my veggies in the fridge, and my chocolate and biscuits in the cupboard.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/02/18 at 02:54 PM
I'm sure that you could install this device on your cupboards. In fact, there should be a "buy nine, get the tenth one free" special so you can outfit all your cupboards, fridges and freezers with the device. There would still be smartasses who keep their chips and cookies in their underwear drawer, but for them, you could install another set on every closet door and "Mini-Diet Consciences" on every drawer. You could even have a whole infomercial on this device, with a special offer; buy one big "Diet Conscience", get another big one, plus three mini ones for your drawers, plus a diet cookbook. This way, after installation, all the food would be in plain sight since the noise would make everyone crazy in about a week.
Posted by Yudith on 04/02/18 at 05:06 PM
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