To help prevent eating disorders, regulate social media algorithms, expert says
To halt the rise of eating disorders among Americans, experts say policymakers must focus not only on improving treatment quality and accessibility, but also on prevention. One key tactic toward this goal would be to regulate social media,…
Unrealistic beauty standards cost U.S. economy billions each year
The repercussions of body dissatisfaction and appearance-based discrimination are costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars annually, according to a new report.
State lawmakers push to ban diet supplement sales to minors
Lawmakers in several states are considering bills restricting the sale of non-prescription diet supplements to minors.
Eating disorder research hampered by limited data
Researchers hope that a rise in eating disorders during the pandemic will shine a light on the need for nationally representative data on disordered eating in adolescents.
How social media’s toxic content sends teens into ‘a dangerous spiral’
Eating disorders expert Bryn Austin discusses the recent revelation that Facebook has long known that its Instagram app is harming teens’ mental health.
We're better off when we unstick the stereotypes around eating disorders
Eating disorders affect a population the size of the state of Texas, cost the economy tens of billions of dollars, and kill 10,000 Americans per year. If eating disorders are so common, expensive, and deadly, why don't we…
Eating disorders in teens skyrocketing during pandemic
Experts are concerned about a dramatic rise in eating disorders among teenagers over the past year. Possible explanations for the increase include teens’ loss of familiar routines and regular connections with friends, anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic, boredom,…
Getting to know … Hannah Cory, PhD ’21
Hannah Cory wants to fix the broken systems that perpetuate weight stigma and allow kids to grow up feeling as if something is wrong with their bodies.
Changing minds and policies around eating disorders
Bryn Austin, professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was a guest on The Body Protest podcast.
After pandemic trauma, people’s return to normal will vary, say experts
As the COVID-19 pandemic eases, some people will return to pre-pandemic normalcy relatively quickly, but others may struggle, according to experts.