Study: TikTok Pushes Unhealthy Diet Culture

Nearly 67 percent of America’s teens use TikTok
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, Tik Tok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. The social network broke the rules for the protection of children's online privacy (COPPA) and was fined $ 5.7 million. The fact TikTok criticized is quite serious in the United States, the platform, which currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, collected data that should not have asked minors. TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Owned by ByteDance, Tik Tok is a leading  video platform in Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. In 2018, the application gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A new study found that TikTok helps to push an unhealthy diet culture among teens and young adults which could lead to eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.
  • Professional voices are not prominently featured on the platform, according to the researchers, and most of the posts pushing toxic eating habits were created by young, white females.
  • In 2022, approximately 67 percent of America’s teens use TikTok.

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