Open up TikTok and, for the most part, you’ll come across a handful of types of videos. There are cool dances we don’t have nearly enough rhythm to master, shopping hauls that have our credit cards begging for a break, genius beauty hacks, pesto eggs and more. Yet another type of video that’s been popping up a ton lately is the ‘what I eat in a day’ video. (Videos tagged #whatieatinaday have been viewed a whopping 7.4 billion—billion with a ‘b’—times.)
Typically, a cute title card and voiceover will let you know, “Here’s what I eat in a typical day as a college student/girl in NYC/attorney working from home/etc.” From there, the creator walks you through their meals and snacks from the time they wake up until they go to bed. Often, they’re really fun to watch. They’re aspirational and beautifully shot and sometimes give us ideas for new meals. But according to some experts, the trend can actually be quite dangerous—especially to the teens and tweens who make up much of the platform’s audience.