Body-checking trends are showing up on TikTok; experts express concern


TikTok is home to many viral trends that range from heartwarming to hilarious, but another content niche is popping up on the app that has experts concerned: body-checking trends.

Chelsea M. Kronengold, communications lead at the National Eating Disorders Association describes body-checking as “observing and taking mental note of what your body shape, weight, appearance or size looks like.”

While anyone can engage in body-checking, it becomes problematic when it involves “obsessive, intrusive thoughts and behaviors” about your body.

“For example, when someone walks by a mirror or window that shows a reflection, they’ll likely take a peek and continue on without giving it another thought. For people struggling with body image, body checking can be all-consuming, and they might poke and prod while staring at their reflection.”

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