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May 8, 2013 7:52 AM
I have some serious issues with how myfitnesspal presents the food diary. I appreciate that you won't go below 1200 calorie allowance, but even that is pretty low. So if I only eat 1000 calories in a day, it says "Erin completed her food diary and was under her calorie goal", like this is something to be proud of. It then says "if every day were like today, you'd weigh ___ in 5 weeks."
Do NOT celebrate me starving myself! If I already have an eating disorder mindset seeing that 5 week weight is only going to encourage me to under eat more! The tiny disclaimer at the bottom wont help. I'm thinking of teenage girls who are desperate to be thin, and see that 5 week number so they continue to go way under their calories.
Oh and if I eat 1201 calories it is considered 'over' with a big -1 in my allowance, like I'm bad. I shouldn't have that big red number glaring at me when in fact it is much healthier to go a few calories over 1200 than under. It makes me feel like I failed somehow, when really it is your presentation that is failing me.
How are we supposed to have a healthy relationship with food this way?? I really think instead of a solid 1200 number (or any number), it should be a range, such as each between 1200-1300 calories. That gives a lot more wiggle room for people to feel successful without starving themselves. The home page should say 'Erin completed her food diary and was in her calorie range!" and if I am below the range I shouldn't get any congratulations, or my 5 week weight promising a super skinny body in 5 weeks, I should get a serious warning that I'm not eating enough. I really think you are sending the wrong message with your current system and although I like to see what's in my food it is making me consider leaving.
May 11, 2013 7:22 AM
If you eat under your goal you DO get a warning that you are eating too little. The messages are there to provide people motivation to keep going. If you don't need that, or don't like the way it's set up, then I would suggest not clicking the button to complete your diary each day.

I stopped doing it because I didn't want to see it either...simple enough.

*Teenage girls shouldn't be on this site because you are supposed to be 18 or over to use it. And you can't expect a free website to be able to save everyone with an eating disorder from themselves. That's not what this site is for.

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