A viral TikTok dance for weight loss has experts concerned.
A user is promoting an abdominal-focused dance under the guise of getting flat abs and losing weight. However, fitness and mental health experts question its effectiveness and the messaging around it.
What is the TikTok weight loss dance?
The user @Janny14906 instructs mainly women on how to do unusual ab movements to lose weight and get “skinny.” The teacher is all about promoting thinness by using her five-minute workouts for a total of an hour a day.
“Do you think women look when they are thin or obese?” @Janny14906 wrote in a video caption.
Some of her commentaries are strange and offensive.
“Do you allow yourself to be obese?” she captioned a video. “As long as you enjoy the skinny come together.”
Promoting thinness as emblematic of good health is inaccurate and disproven. In fact, 30 million Americans are believed to be “normal weight obese” where they appear svelte but have fat stored in dangerous places.
“It’s key to be clear that apparent thinness does not always equal health and that even a skinny person with a low BMI can be unhealthy if fat has built up around their organs,” Carol Garber, a professor of Movement Science at the Teacher College at Columbia University, told ABC News.
Experts say @Janny14906’s workouts aren’t all that effective
“This action can burn belly fat,” @Janny14906 said in another video. Experts say that just isn’t true.
“Janny claims in their videos that the exercise will reduce the abdomen,” but it’s a myth that you can target fat loss from a specific body part,” personal trainer Sohee Lee told Insider. “Specific exercises won’t give you a flat stomach.”
Not only is the form of “targeted exercises” ineffective, but it can also way on young people’s mental health.
“While an adult might be able to reason that you can’t become as thin and toned as the girls in this video from just moving your torso around for five minutes per day, young girls might buy into these claims and feel like they have personally failed if they don’t achieve these results,” licensed counselor Laura Choate told Insider.
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