Article submitted by R.S.
My eating disorder used to thrive on my phone. I had an eating disorder “folder” filled with apps that let me obsessively track calories, look at triggering stuff on Tumblr, etc. It wasn’t healthy at ALL.
And I read an article placing a lot of blame on technology because of this, yet, despite my experience, I’m going to have to actually disagree. Why?
Because now I have a “recovery” folder, and I really think it has the potential to be just as helpful as the old folder was triggering. And because of this, I really think that it depends on the emotional state of the person. Yeah, technology can exacerbate the issue, but that isn’t going to happen if a person simply just doesn’t have an eating disorder! And technology can be incredibly helpful as well.
The app that pushed me to write this article is called “Recovery Record.” I could go on and on about how amazing this app is, but that would probably be really boring, so I won’t. I honestly don’t think it could be triggering to any person in any way, and it is just so supportive and encouraging.
Some things I LOVE about it (soooo not a complete list):
Pam Chin-Lai, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD specializes in the nutritional rehabilitation of eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults.