In recent years, an increasing body of research has shown that eating disorders are disproportionately common in the LGBTQIA community.
In the powerful spirit of Weight Stigma Awareness Week (September 23-27), we’re reflecting on the impact that societal attitudes about body weight and size have on us all.
WW (the company formerly known as Weight Watchers) recently released a free weight loss app called Kurbo that targets children and young adults, ages 8-17. There are a number of unanswered questions about this new app and the risks it might pose to young people.
While health-tracking apps may be helpful for many users, there’s also a growing body of research suggesting that using them might correlate to negative outcomes for people who experience disordered eating.
We call it the “anorexic wish”: the desire to recover from the cognitive symptoms of anorexia (like the obsessive thoughts about food and the body and weight preoccupation) without having to gain weight.