Link between dating apps and unhealthy weight loss: study

Men and women who use dating apps have an increased risk of also using unhealthy ways to lose weight.

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health looked at 1,726 people age 18-to-65 in the U-S who were already in the Harvard Chan Physical Activity study.

People were asked the amount of time that they spent using a dating app during the past 30 days, then asked what measures they took to lower their weight or change their body shape.

They looked at self-induced vomiting, laxative use, fasting and diet pills without medical oversight, taking muscle building supplements and using anabolic steroids.

Both men and women tried more unhealthy weight loss methods in all 6 categories when compared to people who didn't use dating apps.

Men were more likely to use anabolic steroids and muscle building supplements.

The study is published in Eating Disorders.