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Eating Recovery Center In the News: SheKnows.com

Is Your Teen into the eTriggers Trend? Last week, Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center, was featured on SheKnows.com, a website dedicated to the provision of intelligent information, helpful resources and community support for women. In the article, Dr. Bermudez shares insights on how technology can trigger rigid behavior that fuels extreme dieting and exercise for kids and teens struggling with eating issues. Read on for an excerpt of the article, or click here to view the article in its entirety. Tech Triggers Though not a clinical term, eTriggers is a shortened way of referring to electronic- or technology-based activities that could potentially trigger someone to engage in dieting, exercise or disordered eating behaviors, says Ovidio Bermudez, M.D., the medical director of child and adolescent services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. Kids and teens may use game consoles, computers, tablets and phones to study diet and exercise techniques. For example, calorie-counting smart phone or tablet apps that manage calorie intake or exercise-focused video games that measure current weight and calories burned. Healthy when used in moderation, but when taken too far, they can enable damaging behaviors. In addition, there's a myriad of websites, such as pro-anorexia or pro-bulimia websites or forums, that offer harmful tips to help children and adolescents learn and practice disordered eating behaviors, Dr. Bermudez adds. It's important to recognize that these activities do not "cause" eating disorders. Eating disorders are complex, heritable diseases that involve bio-psycho-social factors, says Dr. Bermudez. "These triggers can simply kick-start one behavior that may be taken to an extreme, and they can serve as enablers for unhealthy food- or exercise-focused behaviors that have already begun." They want to be the best Through websites, phone apps, games and social media forums, technology can trigger or enable an eating disorder. "An important part of the mindset of individuals struggling with eating disorders is a desire to learn 'how to do it better' and how to compete with others," says Dr. Bermudez. "Both of these can be cemented by accessing information related to losing weight." Plus, they compare themselves to other people with eating disorders and motivate themselves to "do it better" by learning new ways to drop weight and bond with others around their successes or failures in eating disorders behaviors. Read more.

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