Fitness tracker alerts dangerous for people with eating disorders

Fitness tracker push notifications should be automatically switched off, a charity has said, as it warned the devices could be “highly dangerous” for people with eating disorders. Beat said popular smart watches and trackers that delivered constant prompts to hit movement and calorie-burning targets were “exacerbating” conditions where sufferers used exercise as a form of calorie control. Tech companies are also been urged to introduce notifications that warn people when they are exercising too much and encourage them… The charity’s call has been backed by a top NHS eating disorder specialist who said she was seeing patients who had become “almost addicted” to fitness tracker streaks and goals.

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