TIK-TOK: STOP PROMOTING Deadly Eating Disorders

TIK-TOK: STOP PROMOTING Deadly Eating Disorders

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Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) started this petition to Legal Department Erich Andersen, Vice President & Global General Counsel at TikTok and

Dieting is the most common precipitating factor in the development of an eating disorder. Currently in the United States, more than 30 million individuals struggle with an eating disorder and every 62 minutes someone loses their life to one. Please STOP allowing children under the ages of 19 to view or post under any hashtag relating to weight loss or dieting.
 
In the U.S., more than $70 billion is spent every year on diets and weight-loss products. Despite dieting’s 95-98% failure rate, people continue to buy dangerous products and take extreme measures to lose weight. Restrictive dieting is not effective for weight loss and is an unhealthy behavior for anyone, especially children and adolescents.  For individuals who are genetically predisposed to eating disorders, dieting can be the catalyst for heightened obsessions about weight and food.  Dieting also intensifies feelings of guilt and shame around food which may ultimately contribute to a cycle of restricting, purging, bingeing or excessive exercise. 9.5 out of 10 people who lose weight through dieting gain back all of their weight within 1-5 years; half of them gain back to a weight that’s above their starting weight. More worrisome though is that dieting is associated with higher rates of depression and eating disorders and increased health problems related to weight cycling.
 
 
41 % of TIkTok’s 1.5 billion users are between the ages of 16-24. Young people are already at a heightened risk of eating disorders and to encourage them to diet further shows that TikTok s is much more concerned about its revenue and income than it is about the long-term health of its members. In addition, by promoting dieting and weight loss and before and after transformations, TIKTOK is promoting weight stigma, which  is the second most common source of discrimination, after gender. Weight stigma can increase body dissatisfaction, a leading risk factor in the development of eating disorders.
 

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