Someone looking for a potential partner through online dating would be more prone to developing an eating disorder than people who do not have an online dating profile or do not actively use it.
This is the conclusion of a study at Harvard University, published in the Journal of Eating Disorders.
Researchers at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston studied whether there is a connection between the use of dating apps and body image.
To get a better picture of it, the researchers surveyed 1,726 adults about their use of dating apps and the extent to which they are busy with their body weight.
The answers show that women who use such apps are up to 26.9 times more likely to follow a strict diet than the ladies who do not look for a sweetheart online.
Men are 14.6 percent higher in unhealthy diets to control their body weight.
Fasting and vomiting
Of the respondents, 183 women and 209 men said they had used dating apps in the month before the survey.
This group then discussed their weight control behavior of the past year in more detail.
In the group, about half of men and women reported fasting in the last twelve months to control their weight.
One in five women and one in three men said they would surrender for weight control.
Laxatives and diet pills were also mentioned in the pursuit of the ‘perfect body’.
The men sometimes experimented with muscle-enhancing supplements and steroids.
“We are concerned that the use of these apps, which initially revolve around appearance, can aggravate unhealthy dietary behavior,” said lead researcher Alvin Tran.
“It is important to note that this study does not show a causal link between the apps and unhealthy weight control behavior, but it is important that users of the apps most susceptible to eating disorders are supported quickly and well,” adds Tom Quinn,Director of External Affairs at ‘Beat’, an eating disorder charity from UK.