Weight Loss Persuasive Technology and Eating Disorder
Such devices cleverly persuade users to increase their exercise and decrease their caloric intake. These devices are attractive to girls with eating disorders as they struggle with the narrowing mainstream definition of beauty—now synonymous with anorexia. The volatility of the situation is compounded by the pro-ana movement, an Internet based phenomenon where girls seek empowerment through eating disorder.
If society accepts this new persuasive weight loss technology without question, the results are predictable. A weight-obsessed American culture will proclaim weight loss success while the already epidemic number of girls with eating disorders will increase.
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:persuasion psychology computer programs human interaction eating disorders anorexia nervosa
Date of Publication:10/07/0004