Oct 29, 2020

Diet app promoted by Apple harmful, say campaigners

Eating disorder charities and health professionals have issued a warning about a "Harmful" diet app that has been promoted on the Apple App Store. The app is also available on Android's Play Store but is not currently being promoted there. The app is currently rising up in the app store, with a rating of 4.6 out of five. "The app does state that if users lose weight too fast, the carrot character will get angry - suggesting that the developers have, to at least some degree, considered some of the risks," said Dr Dawn Branley-Bell, health and cyber-psychologist at Northumbria University. "Typically among eating disorders the illness lists foods that are 'good' and 'bad' and we cut these foods completely out of our diet, so for an app to suggest that ice-cream is bad is very triggering and could be very detrimental for someone with an eating disorder."

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