The Dangers of Diet Apps


Brianna Scarmack, Sophomore Staff Writer

           In today’s society it’s no secret that losing weight has become a topic of interest to many people.  Apps have even been created to help people trying to join along with this trend. Some of those apps are: MyFitnessPal, FatSecret, YAZIO, Lose It, MyPlate Calorie Tracker and many more. The problems with these apps are that they could be dangerous to the person using them.

            Using diet apps can have short term and long term effects on a person’s health. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “Risks include higher chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, stress fractures and reduced metabolism.” Although these diet apps may seem to help one lose weight, there are serious hidden health dangers. Kennedy Evans, a sophomore here at HHS states: “I have never used a dieting app because I know that there could potentially be health problems that come with using one of those apps.” There are also mental dangers prompted through the use of a diet app. People who use dieting apps may become obsessed with tracking their food and exercise. “You may run the risk of becoming obsessed with certain ingredients in foods and find yourself cutting out entire food groups or avoiding certain food groups in an attempt to lose weight, despite no formal medical advice to do so,” states a source in a  dot gov dietary guidelines article. 

          Diet apps can lead to one of the most common disorders: anorexia. “At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the US,” states an online source (ANAD) on eating disorders.  If someone gets attached to a diet app, this obsession could lead to accidental anorexia. These apps make everyone think that they are helping people to lose weight, but they may actually be causing some–particularly adolescents– to become unhealthily skinny. 

         Sometimes it is thought that one’s disciplined mentality is what causes weight loss. Mia Perisa, a junior, remarks: “I believe that it is all your mentality more than your app or social media that causes weight loss.” However, sometimes it is the mentality or social media that causes the health problems, and an app can play a huge factor.  Even though there are some advantages of using a diet app like losing some weight, the negatives far outweigh the positives.