The Dark Side of Fitness Tracking

When health-focused wearable devices spark obsession, anxiety, and shame

Caroline Cox
Elemental
Published in
5 min readApr 19, 2019

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FFor Sheena Roetman, wearing a fitness tracker felt like walking around under a spotlight.

Roetman, a 34-year-old nonprofit media professional, has struggled with disordered eating in the past. In her eyes, the device strapped to her wrist was an invitation to…

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Caroline Cox
Elemental

writer/editor/content marketer/real down-to-Mars girl in ATL · bylines at NYT, Rolling Stone, The Cut, InStyle, Nylon & elsewhere · no meat, no masters