In the News

November 5, 2023

Congratulations to STRIPED Youth Corps member Chuying Huo for being named by Forbes magazine as of the 13 Teens Changing the World this year as a result of her advocacy work around eating disorders prevention and treatment.

October 27, 2023

STRIPED and Director Bryn Austin are highlighted in this Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health feature article for the team’s advocacy work around the New York State legislation banning the sale of over-the-counter weight loss and muscle building supplements to youth. On October 25, 2023, New York became the first state to ban the sale of these products to minors.

August 18, 2023

In this Teen Vogue article, STRIPED’s Amanda Raffoul highlights the potential health risks posed by largely unregulated weight loss supplements like berberine, which are becoming popular alternatives to prescription drugs like Ozempic for weight loss purposes.

August 17, 2023

STRIPED’s Amanda Raffoul is highlighted in this Well+Good article discussing the problematic biases and limitations of AI-powered chatbots in providing health and nutrition advice, particularly concerning weight and diet culture.

August 7, 2023

In this Washington Post article, STRIPED’s Amanda Raffoul warns that AI’s seemingly legitimate advice on weight loss and body image lacks context, potentially intensifying harmful behaviors and fostering competitiveness among individuals with eating disorders, underscoring the need for human expertise and caution.

June 6, 2023

A new bill in Massachusetts is aiming to protects residents from size discrimination. Read STRIPED’s Amanda Raffoul discuss weight discrimination as a public health issue on

May 26, 2023

STRIPED’s Amanda Raffoul stresses the importance of the surgeon general’s report in addressing concerns about social media’s impact on youth mental health in this article from The Tablet.

May 20, 2023

In this Boston Globe article, STRIPED’s Amanda Raffoul discusses how weight discrimination in medical settings can contribute to health disparities and negative health outcomes.

May 17, 2023

STRIPED’s Director Bryn Austin, along with Gaby Vargas, MD, discuss body dissatisfaction and muscle dysmorphia in this MedPage Today article.

April 25, 2023

STRIPED faculty member Tracy Richmond, MD, MPH, is quoted in this Stat News article about weight stigma.

April 14, 2023

STRIPED’s Director Bryn Austin, PhD, along with Jason Nagata, MD and Gaby Vargas, MD, discuss body dysmorphia on boys and men, along with the harms associated with the use of muscle-building supplements, in this Washington Post article.

April 7, 2023

Watch STRIPED faculty Dr. Amanda Raffoul discuss legislative movements related to protecting youth on social media.

April 6, 2023

STRIPED faculty Dr. Amanda Raffoul is quoted in this Tech & Learning article about Health at Every Size.

March 22, 2023

In this StatNews article, STRIPED faculty member Dr. Amanda Raffoul discusses algorithms, social media, and eating disorders.

March 22, 2023

STRIPED faculty member Dr. Amanda Raffoul discusses social media and body image in this Our Sunday Visitor article.

March 20, 2023

STRIPED Director Bryn Austin is quoted in this Denver Post article about banning weight-loss supplements.

January 24, 2023

Learn more about STRIPED’s course on colorism in this featured article in the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health News. Our course was was named a finalist for the Digital Education Awards.

January 11, 2023

In this radio interview from The Capital Pressroom,  STRIPED’s Dr. Bryn Austin explains the safety concerns with non-prescription diet offerings and discusses how the proposed restrictions in New York state would protect young people

October 27, 2022

The recent op-ed in MedPage Today by STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin, ScD, and STRIPED faculty member Tracy Richmond, MD, MPH, is highlighted in the most recent issue of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health’s In the News.

October 19, 2022

Read the newest op-ed on MedPage Today by STRIPED Director Bryn Austin, ScD, and STRIPED faculty member Tracy Richmond, MD, MPH, on the problems associated with using BMI as a clinical measure.

October 7, 2022

STRIPED’s Dr. Amanda Raffoul in interviewed in Glossy Pop’s Newsletter about emerging body ideal trends on social media.

October 5, 2022

STRIPED’s Director Dr. Bryn Austin, ScD, is quoted in the most recent issue of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health’s In the News.

October 5, 2022

STRIPED’s Director Dr. Bryn Austin, ScD, and collaborator Jason Nagata, MD, wrote a letter to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle on the state of weight loss supplements in California.

October 4, 2022

STRIPED’s Director Dr. Bryn Austin authored this article on MSNBC about toxic beauty standards.

September 29, 2022

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was interviewed by Scripps National News on the need for state-level action to restrict diet pill sales to minors.

September 20, 2022

STRIPED research study, with findings that indicate that women ranging in age from 14 to 36 who used diet pills were five times more likely to receive an eating disorder diagnosis within one to three years than those who did not, was quoted in a Sinclair News report. State legislation is crucial to protecting minors from unscrupulous businesses.

September 15, 2022

STRIPED research study by Jordan Levinson in the American Journal of Public Health was quoted in a Good Morning America segment on the need for state-level policy to ban the sale of over-the-counter diet pills and muscle-building supplements as stated in bills in California (AB-1341) and New York (A431C/S16D) for child health.

September 14, 2022

STRIPED research study by Jordan Levinson and the Out of Kids’ Hands web page was cited in a Kaiser Health News article titled, “California and New York Aim to Curb Diet Pill Sales to Minors” discussing the dangers of over-the-counter diet pills and weight loss products for children and adolescents and the need for state-level policy to ban their sale to minors.

August 23, 2022

Breaking News: AB-1341 was passed with overwhelming support in a 29-3 vote by the California Senate today! On to the Assembly! Read more on LinkedIn.

August 15, 2022

STRIPED’s economic research was cited in the Bloomberg article titled, “Lower-Income Americans Are Being Shut Out of Life-Saving Treatments for Anorexia,” and in the Fortune article title, “Lower-income Americans are losing access to life-saving treatments for anorexia: ‘There are just gross inequities in access to care” discussing how US families experience barriers to eating disorders care and treatment as insurance plans fall short.

July 20, 2022

STRIPED Postdoctoral Fellow and Faculty Amanda Raffoul was featured on the Harvard T.H. Chan School’s website in an article titled, “Social media boosting popularity of harmful skin whitening products,” discussing the need for social media platforms to start regulating user-generated content about skin whitening much like they do other potentially harmful content such as hate speech and the promotion of disordered eating behaviors.

June 22, 2022

STRIPED Postdoctoral Fellow and Faculty Amanda Raffoul was quoted in CNN news piece titled, “Social media is rife with whitening products. But little is being done to regulate the market” on the lack of consumer regulation present on major social media platforms around the sale of dangerous skin-lightening products.

June 10, 2022

STRIPED Trainee Dunni Ojumu and Youth Corps member Caroline Hodi’s much-needed and incisive youth perspective on improving regulations of social media platforms on Common Dreams.

June 9, 2022

Congratulations to STRIPED Postdoctoral Fellows Dr. Amanda Raffoul, Winner of the Top Paper Award, and Dr. Ariel Beccia, Winner of the Top Abstract Award, at the International Conference for Eating Disorders 2022!

May 4, 2022

STRIPED Director Dr. S. Bryn Austin spoke with Al Jazeera in their latest Fault Lines episode, “A Toxic Feed: Social media and teen mental health” on the effect of social media on America’s youth mental health crisis.

March 10, 2022

STRIPED Intern and Team USA figure skater Ryan Dunk authored a Commonwealth Magazine op-ed titled, “Eating disorders are ravaging young people” which explored the insidious peddling of diet pills and muscle-building supplements to kids.

February 10, 2022

Melissa Givens, Andrea T. Lindsey, Allison Ivie, Dr. Patricia A. Deuster and STRIPED Director, Dr. S. Bryn Austin co-authored a Military Times op-ed titled, “Tracking adverse reactions to dietary supplements could help military readiness” that highlighted the importance of the reporting language of adverse reactions to dietary supplements for service members in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act which would urge the Department of Defense to address the gap in reporting of dietary supplement-related adverse events.

January 18, 2022

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was quoted in Scary Mommy news piece titled, “What Parents Should Know About The Uptick in Adolescent Eating Disorders,” on the rise in eating disorders during the pandemic and what we as parents can do to help our children.

January 4, 2022

Dr. Jason Nagata and STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin wrote an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle titled, “Diet pills are incredibly dangerous for teens. California needs to regulate them like cigarettes,” on the dangers of over-the-counter diet pills and weight loss supplements, and what the California legislature can do to protect children from them.

December 9, 2021

STRIPED Trainee Ariel Beccia and STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin were quoted in STAT News titled, “A decade without data: Eating disorder researchers say a gap in CDC survey has left them flying blind,” on the gap in public health systems on eating disorder symptoms.

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was featured on the Harvard T.H. Chan School’s website in an article titled, “Eating disorder research hampered by limited data,” discussing the gaps in the national public health system on eating disorder symptoms, Instagram’s failure to protect vulnerable young people from content that promotes disordered eating, and Massachusetts legislation that would provide tax credits to personal care and apparel companies that pledged not to digitally alter the appearance of models in their advertisements.

December 8, 2021

STRIPED Faculty Dr. Tracy Richmond and STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin were quoted in an article titled, “Here’s How Instagram Fails to Protect People At Risk For Eating Disorders From Pro-Anorexia Messaging,” on the increase in eating disorders cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how Instagram and other social media platforms are promoting dangerous content to vulnerable users.

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was quoted in an article titled, “Legislation aims to promote mental health through realistic advertising images,” on what governments can do to incentivize businesses to protect the health of adolescents and young adults through more inclusive and diverse advertising images.

November 9, 2021

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was quoted in an article titled, “Clinicians must advocate, take action to eliminate weight stigma,” about the importance of strategic science and policy to reduce weight stigma and body-size discrimination.

November 5, 2021

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin gave the plenary at TOS titled, “Taking Action Against Weight Stigma.”

October 14, 2021

International Socioeconomics Laboratory Founder Ryan Ahmed presented his poster titled, “Fighting Back Against a Predatory Industry: A Case Example of Youth-Led Advocacy to Ban the Sale of Dangerous Diet Pills and Muscle Building Supplements to Minors” at the 23rd Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) Advocacy Summit.

October 13, 2021

STRIPED Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Amanda Raffoul and STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin gave a talk titled, “Integrating Research-to-Policy Translation Skills into Public Health Professional Workforce Training: An Innovative Online Resource for Planning Policy Advocacy Campaigns” at the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) 23rd Annual Virtual Advocacy Summit.

October 8, 2021

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin discussed the recent revelation that Facebook has long known of Instagram’s harm to teens’ mental health in the latest Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health feature.

September 2, 2021

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin and STRIPED Youth Corps Member Joanne Chung talk about restricting the sale of over-the-counter diet pills to minors, eating disorder prevention, and recovery in 51 percent’s episode with host, Jesse King, tune in to the episode.

August 27, 2021

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin talks about the enormous cost of eating disorders to the US economy and share insights on what we could achieve if we applied the power of public health to solve our society’s problems with fat-shaming, the dieting industry, and the stickiness of stereotypes on the latest episode of Better Off, a podcast of the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health, hosted by Anna Fisher-Pinkert.

August 24, 2021

Read our STRIPED Fall 2021 Newsletter to find out more about what the STRIPED team has been working on and projects in the pipeline.

August 17, 2021

A new article by STRIPED Trainee Kelsey Rose, Collaborating Mentor Kendrin Sonneville, and Faculty Dr. Tracy Richmond, titled “The set point: Weight destiny established before adulthood” is published in the Current Opinion of Pediatrics.

A new article by STRIPED Fellow Dr. Amanda Raffoul and Visiting Scholar Dr. Lesley Williams, titled “Integrating Health at Every Size principles into adolescent care” is published in the Current Opinion of Pediatrics.

August 12, 2021

STRIPED Director and Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Bryn Austin, ScD, and the Executive Director of BE REAL USA, Denise Hamburger, JD, discussed how schools can create supportive learning environments that prevent weight stigma, body dissatisfaction, and eating disorders

August 11, 2021

STRIPED Faculty Dr. Tracy Richmond was quoted in an article titled, “As more teens are hospitalized for eating disorders, here’s what parents need to know”, on the dramatic surge of eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of specialists and psychotherapists who effectively treat eating disorders.

August 6, 2021

A new STRIPED article, joint first-authored by STRIPED Visiting Scholar, Dr. Suman Ambwani, and STRIPED Collaborating Mentor, Nicole Negowetti, JD, titled “Digging up the dirt on “clean” dietary labels: Public health considerations and opportunities for increased Federal oversight,” is published in the International Journal for Eating Disorders. Also on the team were STRIPED Collaborating Mentor, Dr. Rachel Rodgers, STRIPED Trainee, Stefani Karr, MPH, and STRIPED Director, Dr. Bryn Austin.

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin published a letter to the editor in the New York Times titled, “Coming to Terms with Weight Loss.”

Dr. Thomas B. Hildebrandt and STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin published an opinion editorial titled, “Keep the diet industry from feeding on teenagers’ fears.”

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was quoted in an article titled, “Three states move to keep weight-loss supplements away from youth,” about the dangers of weight loss and muscle-building supplements on youth.

STRIPED Faculty Dr. Tracy Richmond was quoted in an article titled, “Eating Disorders Surged Among Adolescents in Pandemic,” about the rise in eating disorders cases among adolescents and young adults nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was interviewed in a podcast with The Body Protest about eating disorders in adolescents and young adults by STRIPED Fellow and Body Image Researcher, Nadia Craddock and plus-sized writer and activist, Honey Ross.

May 24, 2021

STRIPED Faculty, Dr. Tracy Richmond, was quoted in the article, “Pandemic created ‘perfect storm’ for eating disorders in teens”, discussing the increase in the number of eating disorders cases in teenagers post-pandemic.

February 24, 2021

Celebrated author and founder of Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness Johanna Kandel, varsity swimmer, award-winning transgender rights activist, and eating disorders advocate Schuyler Bailar, and Dr. Bryn Austin, STRIPED Director, met for an inspiring Facebook Live discussion about eating disorders advocacy and the launch of our STRIPED Advocacy Playbook.

December 9, 2020

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin, along with Denise Hamburger, Founder and Executive Director of BE REAL hosted a virtual training session titled, “Body Confident Schools Training,” for primary and secondary school professionals.

September 14, 2020

STRIPED Visiting Scholar Laura Hart led a team of STRIPED fellows and collaborators on a Delphi study that offers a roadmap to address weight stigma incorporating voices from a diverse group of experts from public health, eating disorders, fat activism, and obesity.

June 24, 2020

In collaboration with the Academy for Eating Disorders and Deloitte Access Economics, STRIPED led an initiative to carry out the most comprehensive examination to date of the social and economic burden of eating disorders in the United States. This research estimated the financial implications of eating disorders for the health system, families, and individuals and loss of life and wellbeing due to the devastating impact of eating disorders on physical and mental health.

Our report was covered by several news outlets:

• The Academic Times, Insurance companies refuse to pick up bill for treating eating disorders
• The Seattle Lesbian, New findings on eating disorders as pandemic exacerbates problem
• Mental Health Weekly, Report finds untreated eating disorders costing U.S. billions
• HealthDay, Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

November 20, 2019

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin was quoted in an article titled, “In an age of Photoshop, it’s what is real that counts – especially about our standards of beauty” on the boomerang effect of warning labels on photoshopped images, that is, that these labels on images increase body dissatisfaction among the women whose pictures were being taken.

June 5, 2019

A new STRIPED article, first authored and led by STRIPED trainee and graduate Flora Or, was published examining the risk of children and young adults experiencing serious adverse health events (including death) as a result of using dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, or energy. Also on the team was STRIPED trainee and graduate Yongjoo Kim. Several news outlets are covering these findings:

April 16, 2019 

Bryn Austin was quoted in an article titled, Councilman Wants to Keep Diet Pills Hawked by Cardi B, Kardashians Away from Minors, about the upcoming NYC bill to ban the sale of certain weight-loss supplements to minors in the city.

April 16, 2019 

STRIPED Director Bryn Austin was quoted in a People article about the Jameela Jamil- Kardashian feud over the promotion of dangerous detox teas.

April 9, 2019

US Weekly published the article, Harvard Scientist: Jameela Jamil Has Been More Effective Than FDA at Stopping Detox Teas, about an NBC News THINK op-ed written by Dr. Austin.

April 8, 2019

The Harvard Chan School of Public Health posted an article on their website about Bryn Austin’s NBC News THINK piece on the celebrity feud that’s led to headlines about the dangers of detox teas and other dietary supplements.

April 7, 2019 

STRIPED Director Bryn Austin published an opinion piece for NBC News THINK titled, “Kim Kardashian-Jameela Jamil feud has done more to expose detox tea lies than the FDA.” She discusses actor Jameela Jamil’s efforts to call out celebrities that are promoting dangerous dietary supplements on social media.

July 12, 2018 

Harvard Chan School of Public Health published a piece titled, “Could taxing diet pills keep them out of teens’ hands?.” This article discusses Bryn Austin and Nathan Tefft’s recent study exploring the possible effects of a tax on diet pills.

July 11, 2018

STRIPED Director Bryn Austin did a live broadcast interview on the Sirius XM radio show “Doctor Radio” to discuss the dangers of diet pills and supplements and public health strategies to protect youth. Listen to the interview by visiting the show’s archive site . Sirius XM offers a free 30-day trial!

June 6, 2018

Eileen Francis, reporter for the business publication Informa’s “The Pink Sheet,” published an article on STRIPED’s new study estimating the possible beneficial effect of adding a 20% tax on diet pills.

May 4, 2018 

The Harvard School of Public Health published an online article titled”‘Great leaps’ needed in research on prevention of eating disorders” about the recent STRIPED and Harvard Catalyst Eating Disorders Prevention Symposium!

February 20, 2018

Drs. Steven F. Crawford and Harry A. Brandt, co-directors of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, wrote a commentary on the STRIPED-led collaborative effort to urge the CDC to collect data on on eating disorders with their national surveys. The article, “30 million people will experience eating disorders- the CDC needs to help,” was published in the Capitol Hill paper The Hill.

February 4, 2018

Tom Pasternak, a local pharmacist who testified in support of Massachusetts H. 1195, wrote a piece advocating that harmful products in stores be locked up or moved behind the counter to protect young people. His opinion piece on H.1195, “Detergent pods not the only surprising poison hurting teens,” was published in The Herald News.

January 3, 2018

The dangers of dietary supplements, as well as STRIPED’s work on Massachusetts H. 1195, were outlined in the article, “Les Etats-Unis adorent les pilules,” published in the french newspaper Liberation.

December 28, 2017

STRIPED’s efforts to urge the CDC to monitor eating disorders in the U.S. were outlined in the Baltimore Sun op-ed, “Data Collection Critical to Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders,”  written by Dr. Crawford of the Sheppard Pratt Center for Eating Disorders.

November 15, 2017

The  journal “Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention” has named the article Accelerating Progress in Eating Disorders Prevention: A Call for Policy Translation Research and Training as one  of the top 25 most important articles in the journal’s history. This article explains STRIPED’s strategy to transform the field of eating disorders prevention.

September 26, 2017

STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin weighed in on the negative effects of Photoshop on body image in an Insider article.  The article reports that Getty Images has banned from their site photos that have been edited to make women look thinner based on a 2015 law enacted in France to protect the health of models.

August 13, 2017

STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin is quoted in a Business Insider article. Dr. Austin further outlines the lack of regulation in the supplement industry and the dangerous health risks associated with the likely adulteration of supplements sold as “natural” remedies and weight loss or muscle-building supplements.

July 10, 2017

STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin is quoted in a new article from Business Insider that discusses the health risks associated with supplements that are often used to build muscle, lose weight or increase sexual performance. Dr. Austin explains that many of these supplements contain unlisted ingredients, some of which can be linked to heart attack, stroke, infertility and cancer. You can access the article here.

June 28, 2017

Allegra Gordon, ScD, MPH, STRIPED Postdoctoral Research Fellow, recently published an insightful and informative blog post titled Shining a Light on Gender Identity and Eating Disorders. In her post, Allegra points to research that has identified an increased risk for eating disorders among transgender populations. She presents the key reasons why exploring the links between gender identify and eating disorders should be a top research priority for the near future.

May 30, 2017

A recent article published in the Harvard Chan School’s magazine Harvard Public Health highlights the cultural epidemic of “fat shaming” and its insidious impact on individuals’ mental and physical health. In the article, Monica Kriete, a STRIPED trainee, describes weight stigma as a “…toxic exposure, like air pollution. The more you breathe it in, the more it puts your physical and emotional health at risk.” STRIPED collaborators Erica Kenney and Tracy Richmond and STRIPED Director Bryn Austin are also interviewed. Check out the article here!

May 10, 2017

STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Rachel Rodgers was quoted in this Today Show article on how retail mannequins are unrealistically thin. Read more on how “Most mannequins are still too skinny — and it’s a serious problem” here! Great work, Rachel!

May 8, 2017

France has just published two decrees aimed at protecting the health well-being of fashion models and restricting the alteration of advertisements! Check out this article in the New York Times, which quotes STRIPED research collaborator and founder of the Model Alliance Sara Ziff as well as STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin.

April 24, 2017

STRIPED trainees Katelyn Ferreira and Monica Kriete were featured in the Wall Street Journal! “Why Some Scientists Are Embracing Activism” discusses scientists who are leaders in advocacy. Big congratulations to Monica and Katelyn!

April 14, 2017

STRIPED has just been awarded a new grant from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching for our project Transforming team-learning teaching cases for online platforms: Scaling up an e-learning module development project to expand reach across Harvard and to public health professionals in field settings. With this new grant, STRIPED will work with a multi-disciplinary team to continue to develop a new e-module for delivering teaching cases on-line to public health professionals! Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!

April 6, 2017

Members of the STRIPED team traveled to Capitol Hill for Eating Disorders Coalition Advocacy Day!
Advocates encouraged Members of Congress to sign-on to a letter urging Secretary Price to begin the rulemaking process and implement eating disorders provisions included in the 21st Century Cures Act and asked for support for increased funding for eating disorders research in the military and among veterans and civilians. We are excited that STRIPED had the opportunity to advocate with community members from around the country on this important day!

STRIPED lobbying team – from left to right: Kimberly Yu, Monica Kriete, STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin, Supriya Misra, and Kuanysh Yergaliyev

March 16, 2017

Sports nurtitionist and blogger Nancy Clark, MS, RD, published this blog post on STRIPED and our work to use strategic science to accelerate eating disorders prevention. Check it out here!

February 27, 2017

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26-March 4. Get involved and read this blog post by STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin on the importance of strategic science in eating disorders prevention here.

February 2, 2017

Check out these articles in BuzzFeed, Vogue, Teen VoguePaste, Seventeen, Fashion Spot, WWD, Huffington Post, Mic, NPR, and from the Harvard Chan School on STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Rachel Rodgers’ new paper on policy translation strategies to address extreme thinness in the fashion industry! Read Dr. Rodgers’ paper published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders here!

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