Technology is often viewed as either positive or negative. On one hand weight loss apps are usually seen as a positive influence on users. From the sociocultural perspective, on the other hand, media and technology can negatively impact body satisfaction and contribute to eating disorders; however, these studies fail to include weight loss apps. While these apps can be beneficial to users, they can also have negative effects on users with eating disorder behaviours. Yet few research studies have looked at weight loss apps in relation to eating disorders.
In order to fill this gap,these researchers conducted interviews with 16 women with a history of eating disorders who use(d) weight loss apps. While findings suggest these apps can contribute to and exacerbate eating disorder behaviours, they also reveal a more complex picture of app usage. Women’s use and perceptions of weight loss apps shift as they experience life and move to and from stages of change. This research troubles the binary view of technology and emphasises the importance of looking at technology use as a dynamic process. This study contributes to the understanding of weight loss app design.
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