As someone who has personally struggled with anorexia for three years, I find it so disheartening when people "glamorize" eating disorders, especially in the media. In the United States, 10 million males will be affected by an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Compared to the entire US population, this may not seem like a lot, but for someone who struggles with this on a daily basis, an eating disorder can (and will) become your whole life.
People don't just wake up one day and consciously decide they are only going to eat one meal per day. It's a thought process that happens over time, which can then lead to this MENTAL disorder.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claims that only eating 280 calories per day has helped him "feel more focused on his work, sleep better, and feel better about himself."
Throughout my own personal experience with anorexia and by talking to others who have had it as well, you would have never heard these words come out of our mouths. In fact, you'd probably hear the exact opposite- low energy, insomnia, extreme mood swings, etc.
Our bodies literally cannot function without appropriate nutrition. We need to eat xxxx calories (because it varies for everyone) in order to breathe, think, speak, take a shower, lay in bed, walk... the list could go on.
Without those necessary calories, our brains will begin to only think about when our next meal will come- which can contribute to the "obsession" with food an eating disorder can bring.
So no, Jack, there is no physiological way you can feel better, sleep better, or even have the energy to walk five miles every day.
The fact that he calls this a "wellness habit" honestly makes me cringe because there is no way in hell that is called wellness.
Being the CEO of Twitter, you would think he would be smarter than this, especially with the influence he has over so many susceptible young teens.
Promoting this "wellness habit" is like promoting cigarette smoking as a "wellness habit." It just doesn't make sense.
If you or someone you know is presenting the symptoms of an eating disorder, or are suffering from one, please reach out to the National Eating Disorders Association at their toll-free phone number (1-800-931-2237) at 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (ET) Mon-Thurs and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ET) Fri. For 24/7 crisis support, text 'NEDA' to 741741.