Lifehacker: What Parents Need to Know About Eating Disorder Content on Social Media

Lifehacker: What Parents Need to Know About Eating Disorder Content on Social Media. “With eating disorders already on the rise among teens during the pandemic, many experts have found that TikTok exacerbates the risk of falling into eating disordered behaviors. Even though TikTok attempts to censor pro-ana videos, a February 2021 study found that even the ‘anti-pro-anorexia’ videos on TikTok paradoxically lead the users to emulate these ‘guilty’ behaviors. To further understand this phenomenon, and to find out what concerned parents should know about it, I spoke with Dr. Alix Timko, a psychologist in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who focuses on eating disorders, as well as Dr. Melissa Coffin, the senior director of clinical programming at Monte Nido & Affiliates.”

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