Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services Ovidio Bermudez, MD is quoted in the below article on the 'eTriggers' trend. Read an excerpt from the article below, or to read the article in its entirety, click here
Is Your Teen Into The eTriggers Trend?
February 24 - March 2 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
. The theme this year is "everybody knows somebody." As a parent, it's so important to know what's happening in our kids' lives, particularly when it comes to their health and wellness. Have you considered the ways that technology could contribute to unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders?
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
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."