Analysis Of My Fitbit

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It Happened to Me: My Fitbit Reignited my Eating Disorder Media expectations are to blame when it comes to the increase of eating disorders in women. Concern in most recent years has gone beyond the casual worry about being thin. The assistance of computer retouching and various other methods increase the gap between media images of women’s projected beauty and the reality of the average female’s appearance (Engeln-Maddox, 2006). When the typical woman begins to comprehend that the magazine cover’s slimming airbrushed body is unattainable, she begins to internalize the mediated relationship between dissatisfaction with expectations (Engeln-Maddox). Andria Martin’s article expresses her struggles with body image and the obsession to be thin.…show more content…
Andria felt her years of remission from her eating disorder creeping up behind her. She describes thst the Fitbit provoked a “Pavlovian Reaction” and every time positive noises came out of the bracelet it motivated her to work harder. Slowly but surely, Andria fell right back into her addiction to weight loss. She was wearing the Fitbit bracelet all the time while monitoring all of her food intake, every step, and every activity. Martin states that the bracelet gradually became a set of handcuffs controlling and judging her every move. Her behavior became an obsession, an addiction, and the thought of taking the Fitbit off gave her anxiety. When she had to choose a fashionable watch over the Fitbit bracelet, she finally chose to take the bracelet off. She instantly felt symptoms of Stockholm syndrome; the feeling of its absence was overwhelming. Andria gave the Fitbitless fashion statement a chance and instantly felt lighter, happier, and no longer had to be in competition with herself. She tried wearing the Fitbit a few more times, and realized that her it led her down a path straight back into her eating disorder. The modern age of fitness monitors has shown to be effective in encouraging healthy physical activity. “Internet delivered physical activity interventions have [has] emerged as an attractive option for health promotion, due to its potentially wide population reach”…show more content…
The term “thinness” was mentioned in Martin’s article and is a common term used into today’s society when it comes to the pressure of looking flawless. Studies show that the Fitbit is a valid gauge of everyday physical activity and more accurate than the previously used pedometers (Tully, McBride, Heron, & Hunter) and can be beneficial. Marketing for the Fitbit bracelet persuades the diet seeking population to an alternative rather than the lackluster gym atmosphere. However, these companies promoting the fitness bracelet must be mindful of those individuals like Andria who may not realize off hand that the bracelet could “ignite” old obsessive habits and lead to unhealthy habits. Moving your body feels much better without handcuffs on (Martin,

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