Does Red Carpet Celebrity Fashion Put You at Risk for an Eating Disorder?

According Stanford psychologist Dr. Megan Jones, who also serves as Chief Science Officer of Lantern — the groundbreaking mobile tool that helps prevent the onset of eating disorders — many eating disorders begin with modest attempts to lose weight that can quickly spiral out of control.

Herself an eating disorder survivor while a college student, Dr. Jones says that in a quest to look fashionable and slim like the celebrities on the Oscars red carpet, many teenage girls and women adopt thinking patterns that put them at great risk for future body image and eating control issues.

So could you be at risk for a “subclinical” eating disorder without even knowing it? Here are six warning signs:

You describe fat as a “feeling.”

You eat a limited variety of foods or become a vegetarian to restrict food intake.

You avoid eating meals or snacks when other people are around.

You constantly calculate the amount of fat, carbs, or calories you’re eating.

You feel ashamed, disgusted, or guilty after eating.

You dream of having the body attributes of celebrities or models.

A free research-based self-assessment that evaluates a person’s predisposition for eating disorders and other emotional wellness issues is available at

Mamasita Amber
Mama of three children and proud new mama of a standard poodle named Prince Miguel.

One Response to “Does Red Carpet Celebrity Fashion Put You at Risk for an Eating Disorder?

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    6 years ago

    Oh it totally does. Actresses need to stay super thin.

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