Using a dating app may be linked to an increased risk of unhealthy weight control behaviours (UWCBs) like vomiting, laxative use or diet pill use, according to a recent research.
The study, published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, reveals that dating apps users are more likely to suffer from eating disorders.
An online survey was conducted over 1,700 adults, which assessed their use of dating apps and their weight control behaviours.
When compared with non-users, those who used dating apps had significantly elevated odds of engaging in UWCBs including vomiting for weight control, using laxatives for weight control, fasting for weight control, using diet pills, using muscle-building supplements, and using anabolic steroids, stated study lead author Alvin Tran from Harvard University.
Women who used the apps had 2.3 to 26.9 times higher odds of engaging in UWCBs while for men it was 3.2 to 14.6 times.
“Consistent with previous research, we also found elevated rates of UWCBs in racial/ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans. We did not, however, find elevated odds of UWCBs based on sexual orientation,” Tran said.