Why Is TikTok Advertising Dangerous Fasting Diets to Teenage Girls?

The young woman in the ad is attractive in the way that most young women on TikTok are: She’s slim yet curvy, with ombre hair that gently waterfalls down her back, and a yard-wide grin. She points to the text that pops onscreen: “People always ask me how do you … keep your weight? Eat so well so easily? Have such great skin? And it’s so easy … intermittent fasting!” Fastic, an intermittent-fasting app, then pops up onscreen.

Intermittent fasting is a dietary fad that has gained traction in recent years, in part thanks to plugs from Silicon Valley powerhouses such as Jack Dorsey and celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian. (Even former porn star Jenna Jameson has gone viral on women’s-health websites for her “body transformation” she credits to intermittent fasting.) The definition of the term varies, but essentially it requires people to abstain from eating for a circumscribed period during the day — sometimes, as much as 24 hours — and then eating a regular meal after that period ends. Other methods involve eating normally for five days of the week, but then restricting caloric intake to as few as 500 calories for two days of the week.

Like many dietary trends, intermittent fasting is often coated in the patina of general health-and-wellness jargon to make it seem more palatable. “It’d become this code word like ‘health’ and ‘cleanse,’ which is a disguise for ‘diet,’” says Michele Kabas, a certified eating-disorder specialist. There is some evidence that it may yield some health benefits, such as reducing insulin resistance and cholesterol levels, when under the care of a doctor or dietician, says integrative dietician Blair Silverman. But for the most part, it is used for weight loss, which is highly problematic given how restrictive it is and “can very likely lead someone down the road of disordered eating and/or an eating disorder.”

Indeed, intermittent fasting has become popular among those who are already prone to disordered-eating habits, says Nicole Naggar, a psychiatrist in New York City, who says it tends to attract those who struggle with bulimia or binge eating in particular. “These folks often feel their eating becomes out of control. [To them], the intermittent fasting feels a) like a formulaic way to weight loss, and b) it’s structured and it gives them clear-cut guidelines of when they can and should be eating and when they can and shouldn’t be. That makes them feel more in control.”

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