Digital Technology, Eating Behaviors, and Eating Disorders

Authors: Šmahel, D., Macháčková, H., Šmahelová, M., Čevelíček, M., Almenara, C.A., Holubčíková, J.

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  • First book to offer a broad perspective of eating disorders and technology-based treatment
  • Incorporates the latest research
  • Contains illuminating interviews with clients and therapists
  • Includes all types of technology that may be used in interventions
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“After decades of research on dysfunctional eating and lack of physical activity, research attention has finally turned to the role of digital technology in eating behaviors and eating disorders. This timely volume offers a thoughtful and wide collection of chapters discussing the possible effects of digital technologies, from those enhancing healthy eating behaviors to those that encourage disordered eating. Highly recommended for both professionals and scholars.” 
Prof. Giuseppe Riva, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.

This book examines in depth the multifaceted roles of digital technologies in the eating behaviors and eating disorders. Coverage reflects a broad theoretical and empirical knowledge of current trends in digital technology use in health behaviors, and their risks and benefits affecting wellbeing, with focus on eating behaviors and eating disorders. The authors use both qualitative and quantitative data to focus on the digital lived experiences of people and their eating related behaviors.

Among the topics covered:

  • The quality of eating-oriented information online
  • Technology, body image, and disordered eating
  • Eating-oriented online groups
  • Using mobile technology in eating behaviors
  • Usage of digital technology among people with eating disorders
  • What healthcare professionals should know about digital technologies and eating disorders
  • Technology-based prevention and treatment programs for eating disorders

A potential source of discussion and debate in various fields across the social sciences, the health sciences, and psychology, Digital Technology, Eating Behaviors, and Eating Disorders will be especially useful to students, academics, researchers, and professionals working in the fields of eating behaviors and eating disorders.

About the authors

David Smahel, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Faculty of Social Studies and the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Czech Republic. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS: irtis.fss.muni.cz), which researches the social-psychological implications of the internet and technology. Current research focuses on digital technology and health, adolescents’ and adults’ internet use, the online risks of children and adolescents, online addictions and ICT security. He is the editor of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace and co-authored the book Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development (Springer, 2011).

Hana Machackova, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher at Masaryk University, Czech Republic, where she works at the Faculty of Social Studies. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). Her research interests include online aggression and cyberbullying, online communities, health and digital technology, online participation, and self-disclosure and privacy on the internet.

Martina Smahelova, M.A. is a junior researcher at the Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family, Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University, Czech Republic and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). Her main interest lies in qualitative data analysis and she studies the experiences of children and families in the context of new media, the behavior of children on the internet, and privacy and self-disclosure on the internet. She also works on research in the area of health and technologies.

Michal Cevelicek, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic. He is a member of the Center for Psychotherapy Research Brno and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). His research interests include online psychotherapy, psychotherapy integration, evidence-based case studies, the psychotherapy of medically unexplained somatic symptoms, psychotherapy case formulation, and qualitative research methodology.

Carlos Almenara, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Peru, and the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic. He is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society (IRTIS). His major research interests are body image, eating behavior, disordered eating, eating disorders, and the uses of technology for behavior change from a public health perspective. 

Jana Holubcikova Ph.D. is a researcher at the Department of Health Psychology at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia, and she cooperates with the Institute for Research of Children, Youth and Family at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. Her research is focused on the social and psycho-social determinants of adolescents’ health and health-related behavior. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Health.

Reviews

"I use this book as basis for my teaching in teacher education and advanced training for practitioners. Providing a model of the links between digital technologies and eating behaviors, it allows me to show my students the complexity of the matter as well as the current state of research in different fields and on different phenomena. Especially in teaching about social media, this analytical and empirically sound approach is crucial for me". (Dr. Martin Hermida, Institut für Medien und Schule der Pädagogischen Hochschule Schwyz) 

“Digital technologies are part and parcel of our lives and this book comprehensively looks at how they impact eating behaviours and eating disorders. It is refreshing that the authors address the positive aspects of digital technologies on eating behaviours and the potential for promoting healthy dietary behaviours. Body image, disordered eating and eating disorders are given equal weight in this book which is welcome. The role of digital technology in the development of disorders is included but also recent work on how to use digital technologies to support those with eating disorders. Smahel and co-authors do not focus on digital technology alone but address the interplay with other determinants of health such as societal, social, physical and individual factors. This is a real strength of the book. With the inclusion of theoretical models and empirical research, this book will be of interest to researchers, academics and their students, as well as practitioners supporting their clients and service users. Written in an accessible and engaging style, this book is a welcome addition to my pile.” (Dr Colette Kelly, RNutr. (Public Health), Director Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway, Ireland)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Digital Technology, Eating Behaviors, and Eating Disorders

    Pages 1-18

    Šmahel, David (et al.)

  • Digital Technology and Health: A Theoretical Framework

    Pages 21-43

    Šmahel, David (et al.)

  • The Quality of Eating-Oriented Information Online

    Pages 45-64

    Šmahel, David (et al.)

  • Technology, Body Image, and Disordered Eating

    Pages 65-82

    Šmahel, David (et al.)

  • Eating-Oriented Online Groups

    Pages 83-100

    Šmahel, David (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Technology, Eating Behaviors, and Eating Disorders
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93221-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93221-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93220-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06614-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 199
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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