Research + News | Topic: Eating Disorders
Nov 14, 2022
TikTok Promotes Toxic Diet Culture Among Teens, Young Adults
Study authors from the University of Vermont found that the most viewed content on TikTok related to either food, nutrition, or weight largely perpetuates a toxic diet culture among young users. Read the article here.
Jan 6, 2022
TikTok Content May Be Promoting An Unhealthy Standard Of Living For Adolescents
Eating disorders among teenagers have been linked more recently to TikTok, as users post content daily consisting of what they eat in a day or the methods they use to lose weight, especially within the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article here.
Oct 18, 2021
‘It Spreads Like A Disease’: How Pro-Eating-Disorder Videos Reach Teens On TikTok
Although the platform bans content promoting dangerous weight loss, hashtags such as #skinnycheck can still be found. Read the article here.
Oct 6, 2021
Instagram Promoted Pages Glorifying Eating Disorders To Teen Accounts
Proof that Instagram is not only failing to crack down on accounts promoting extreme dieting and eating disorders, but actively promotes those accounts, comes as Instagram and its parent company Facebook are facing intense scrutiny over the impact they have on young people’s mental health. Read the article here.
Jul 26, 2021
‘Anorexia Coach’: Sexual Predators Online Are Targeting Teens Wanting To Lose Weight. Platforms Are Looking The Other Way
There’s no shortage of people online looking to exploit and manipulate the vulnerable among us. One such group is anorexia coaches, or “anacoaches”. Read the article here.
Jun 8, 2021
Smartphone Use Associated With Unhealthy Eating And Overweight In Teens
Teens who used a smartphone for more than 2 hours per day were significantly more likely to eat more junk food and fewer fruits and vegetables than those spending less time on their phone. Read the article here.
Mar 24, 2021
TikTok Is “Like A Trap,’ Health Experts Say As Eating Disorders Among Teens Rise
Numerous studies have documented the negative effects of social media on people with eating disorders, but there are some aspects specific to TikTok that are concerning. Read the article here.
Mar 4, 2021
Study Shows Connection Between Social Media Use And Binge Eating In Pre-Teens
Learning to control your social media and TV habits early can help kids make healthier decisions as they get older. Read the article here.
Jul 27, 2020
‘It’s Not Worth It’: Young Women On How TikTok Has Warped Their Body Image
Seven women in their teens and 20s told NBC News that the content they viewed on TikTok had pushed them to fixate more on their diets and exercise regimens to a dangerous extent. Read the article here
Jan 22, 2020
Teenagers Glued To Screens Skipping Meals, Sleep And Homework
Teenagers are skipping meals, sleep and doing their homework to spend more time online, according to a new report which asked young people themselves how their time on the internet affected their lives. Read the article here.