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Studies show that spending more time on Instagram can lead to lower body satisfaction. OsakaWayne Studios/Moment Collection via Getty Images

The pandemic is changing the way young people eat and how they feel about their bodies: 4 essential reads

Rates of obesity and eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia both surged among young people over the past two years. Scholars explain why, and how parents can support kids dealing with body shame.
More time spent on social media can leave young adults feeling worse about their bodies. Leo Patrizi/E+ Collection via Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic increased eating disorders among young people – but the signs aren’t what parents might expect

Boys, LGBTQ youth and people with normal body mass index are often overlooked when it comes to recognizing eating disorders, a physician and psychotherapist explain.
Physical activity, eating habits and emotional support from friends and family are stronger predictors of health than body mass index. Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

If you want to support the health and wellness of kids, stop focusing on their weight

Weight discrimination, like teasing, is common among youth and linked to eating disorders and depression. Youth’s health and well-being would be best supported by not focusing on their weight.
The mother’s education level is also a factor. Brainsil/Shutterstock

These 3 factors predict a child’s chance of obesity in adolescence (and no, it’s not just their weight)

One in four Australians is overweight or obese by the time they reach adolescence, but it’s difficult to predict who is at risk. These three questions can help.
Existing BMIs focus on restoring function for people with mobility or communication issues. UPMC/Pitt Health Sciences

Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace

BMIs like the ones Neuralink is working on are already used in laboratories around the world as assistive technologies. But melding your mind with an AI is probably not happening anytime soon.
Exercise is good for you, no matter what your weight. Pressmaster/Shutterstock

Obesity has become the new normal but it’s still a health risk

Nike has recently displayed a plus-sized mannequin in its London store, triggering responses ranging from outrage to celebration. But there’s no denying the health risks of obesity.
Some forms of obesity severely disrupt the metabolic pathways that keep us healthy. Farik gallery, MarShot / Shutterstock.com / Evans Love

There are many types of obesity – which one matters to your health

Body mass index is often used to gauge health. But there may be more accurate measures. A report on your blood metabolites, your metabolome, may distinguish healthier-obese from sicker-obese.

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