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    Weight Watchers Is Offering Teens Free Membership And The Internet Is Pissed

    February 14th, 2018 by Our Webmaster

    By Shannon Rosenberg

    People think the move could encourage disordered eating and are using #WakeUpWeightWatchers to show their concern and outrage.

    “The reality is there are many, many people that diet who don’t develop an eating disorder,” Freidl says. “However, it certainly is a risk behavior for developing an eating disorder, and both anorexia and bulimia do tend to develop during the window of someone’s teenage years.”

    The concern here is that Weight Watchers is going to be introduced at a point during kids’ lives where they may be vulnerable to dieting when they shouldn’t be, she explains. Teenage years are a critical period for growth, and serious weight loss could affect important things like bone development and hormone levels, which will impact overall maturation, she adds.

    “Teenagers are supposed to be growing and getting bigger, and their brains just aren’t fully developed yet — the part of the brain that is more involved in the emotional world is developing faster than the part of the brain that is really good at long-term planning and decision making,” she says. “So while Weight Watchers is suggesting that this might …read more

    Via:: Health Topics by BuzzFeed

          

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