How fitness trackers affect eating behavior

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Despite the fact that the boom in fitness trackers has passed, they remain stably popular. At least as an accessory to combine usability with health benefits.

But is it good?

For a long time, the studies were aimed solely at assessing what bonuses wearable devices can give us, designed to track the level of activity, sleep quality and nutritional characteristics. But only in recent years has we come to understand that this is not useful for everyone.

Today, doctors warn that fitness trackers are contraindicated for people with eating disorders or a history of RPP.

Just because they can’t already build a normal relationship with food, they intrusively count calories and the number of exercises per day, so that fitness bracelets in this case will become an additional way of fixing on what they would better not fix on.

Studies in general show that people who use fitness trackers have a higher level of dissatisfaction with their bodies (what we know as bodily dysmorphia ) and a higher risk of eating disorders. Plus, statistics show that RPP patients often use fitness trackers to count calories.

A recent study on the subject conducted by the University of Loughborough (Loughborough University), showed that those who used the device for monitoring the level of physical activity and caloric intake, reported more available eating disorders, binge eating and disordered exercise.

The survey involved young people, 65% of whom used fitness trackers on a regular basis.

According to the authors of the work, it is especially alarming here that the psychological pressure from wearable gadgets – reminders of the need to reduce fats or take more steps – can provoke RPP in people at risk. Good news? Statistics show that only 10% of people will continue to use fitness trackers after 12 months from the date of purchase.


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