Does The New DoFasting App Promote Disordered Eating?

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A new app that is said to help with intermittent fasting is getting backlash for promoting disordered eating. The app is called DoFasting. I am the type of person who usually stays away from these kind of things because I don’t like dieting anymore. It can easily become an obsession for me and turn into disordered eating. I prefer to become obsessed with boybands, books or blogging.

Intermittent fasting is when you restrict the time you can eat. That could be one meal for dinner. The rest of the day and night you only have water. It is said to have many benefits but these benefits can be found through a healthy balanced diet and found by not eating meals in the middle of the night.

I watched the commercial on YouTube for DoFasting. The commercial comes off in a way that it is saying it is okay to eat whatever you want as long as you starve yourself in between. The video also claims intermittent fasting can change you on a cellular and molecular level. Hormone levels adjust to make body fat more accessible. Your cells begin to repair themselves. This sounds like a fancy way of saying your body goes into starvation mode and uses its fast stores for energy.

I read through some comments on the app store. Many people used the app to lose weight quickly or to lower their cholesterol. One guy said he had high cholesterol from eating too much. He couldn’t give it up so he tried intermittent fasting. By fasting for 16 hours, he is still giving up meat the same he would eating healthier throughout the day. His cholesterol will rise once he quits fasting.

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Researchers from the University of Alabama did a study using obese men with prediabetes.  They were split into 2 groups. One group ate meals from 7am-3pm. The other group ate meals from 7am-7pm. After five weeks, both groups weight remained the same. The men eating from 7am-3pm did have a drop in insulin and lower blood pressure. The main thing to take from this was that they didn’t need to fast for 16 hours and have just one meal. They ate a healthy diet throughout the day and fasted at night while sleeping.

When you first use the app, you are asked put in personal information about your body and your goal weight. You next choose a fasting type you want to follow and the times you want to eat. When it is time to eat or even stop eating, an alarm will go off. When I eat, I like to pick my food apart so I can eat it slowly and enjoy every piece and flavor of it. I don’t want to be told when to stop eating.

The app also gives you what they call motivational quotes. Looking on their website, the quotes don’t seem positive. One quote in a photo on the DoFasting website says, “High five! You’ve reached your eating window. You’ve been so strong all this time. Don’t ruin it by binge-eating everything you have. We suggest eating one or two moderate sized meals over this period.” Moderate sized can mean anything in terms of meal size. A binge is also different for each person. This quote is also telling them to them it is not okay to eat what they want when they feel hungry. It comes across as promoting starving yourself versus listening to what your body wants.

What are your thoughts on the DoFasting app? Do you think intermittent fasting is healthy?

9 thoughts on “Does The New DoFasting App Promote Disordered Eating?

  1. I use a different intermittent fasting app called Zero and so far I like it. I fast for 20 hours and eat for 4 hours, but right now I’m on my period so I’m not intermittent fasting. I haven’t checked out this specific app so I can’t speak for it, but I think that the people using these apps need to have the right mindset about it before proceeding. It comes down to how people use them.

    Personally, I feel like these apps do a poor job of warning people and reminding them that they are in charge of their own health, and that these apps are not responsible for an ED. It can definitely perpetuate an ED but I don’t think that these apps are necessarily at fault for a person’s choices or behaviour.

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      1. Yes, exactly. Similar to social media, they can be used for both good and bad. It really comes down to the person and everyone handles these apps differently.

        I can handle fasting apps and fast for long periods of time. I don’t find it triggering despite having ED when I was 13. Social media on the other hand is toxic to my mental health. Idk why, but I’m one of those people who cannot handle social media while trying to stay optimistic. I was addicted to FB for 10 years and have stayed off of it since 2017.

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      2. I’m glad you are able to have a healthy mindset again when it comes to diets. That is my goal.

        I stopped going on my social media for my blog in a while. I never shared anything other promoting my blog most of time. It felt like a spam account to me. I’m more of a private person except on here. It can be hard to want to block accounts and seeing people living a certain life.

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      3. Update: I’m still not using other social media platforms and don’t have a desire to check them. Also, I ended up deleting the app because it wasn’t sustainable long term. I also stopped counting calories because it was making me more neurotic than usual…. So now I don’t track anything at all. I think I lost 10-15lbs but I’m not sure because my scale won’t turn on. I go by how my clothes fit instead of a number, and my clothes are starting to fit again post-partum 🙂

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      4. Counting calories isn’t the best way to lose weight even though everyone says it is. A scale isn’t the most accurate in telling if you lost weight or not. When I was working on getting better, I stopped using one because it made things worse. I hope you are in a better place now.

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