Tag: Eating Disorders

What to Do if Your ADHD Medication Messes With Your Appetite and Body Image

Illustration by Cathryn Virginia How to wrap your head around the finer points of prescription drugs. When Spencer Jardine was 15, she was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and prescribed treatment in the form of Adderall. Within days, Jardine began experiencing the drug’s effects: greater focus and less impulsivity, as promised—but also a dry mouth […]

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Body Shaming Dressed Up as a Fitness Goal

The body fat percentages that the athletes were told to reach, according to The Oregonian, were often dangerously low. According to the American Council on Exercise, a healthy range for female athletes’ body fat percentage is 14 to 20 percent. One woman said that when her DEXA scan showed her body fat percentage to be […]

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Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle

On Twitter, creators routinely share advice for crash diets and encourage disordered eating, and some amass tens of thousands of followers in the process. Twitter’s algorithms automatically suggest related accounts and topics for users to follow, based on the accounts they view. When a Twitter user views accounts that promote eating disorders, Twitter recommends topics […]

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For Teen Girls, Instagram Is a Cesspool

Mark Zuckerberg participated in the ritual of ranking girls too. When he was experimenting before building Facebook, as a student at Harvard, he put his female classmates’ photos on his now-notorious “Facemash” website, where students could rank and compare the students’ headshots based on how hot they were. He wrote at the time, “I almost […]

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Eating Disorders in Teens Have ‘Exploded’ in the Pandemic

What young people find when they go looking for fitness information can be highly problematic. They are likely to come across harmful “thinspiration” and “fitspiration” posts celebrating slim or sculpted bodies, or even sites that encourage eating disordered behavior. Worse, algorithms record online search information and are “deliberately designed to feed harmful weight loss content […]

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