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Posts Tagged ‘social media and eating disorders’

By On May 22nd, 2017

Eating disorders are a mental illness, not a social media trend

In the past week, I’ve seen several reports suggesting Instagram could potentially put you at an increased risk for an eating disorder known as orthorexia. It is the latest in a long line of reports blaming eating disorders are everything from ads, the fashion industry, and even parents. While there may be some truth underlying…

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By On May 4th, 2016

Young Women Are Using Social Media To Recover From Eating Disorders

Social media has notoriously been used as a hub for young women who post pictures, videos, and quotes encouraging unhealthy eating behaviors in the quest to be thin. Even when sites like Instagram made direct attempts to intervene, the issue only grew worse. But, there is another side to social media that is often overlooked.…

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By On March 10th, 2016

Does Moderating Pro-Eating Disorder Groups On Social Media Make It Worse?

Social media is being increasingly scrutinized for the role it potentially plays in facilitating eating disorders. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr have developed devoted communities of young girls who share dangerous images intended to provide inspiration to continue abstaining from food or purging – often called “thinspiration.” Overall, most social media networks have left…

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By On December 16th, 2015

Despite ‘Pro-Ana’ Trend, YouTube Videos Are Encouraging Teens To Find Eating Disorder Treatment

  In the past few years, a dangerous trend has grown that endangers thousands of lives and supports a deadly disease. This so-called “pro-ana” or pro-anorexia trend was especially popular on YouTube, where users would share videos referred to as “thinspiration” which were intended to inspire unhealthy eating in order to be thin. Thankfully, the…

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By On July 1st, 2014

The Quest for Thigh Gaps is Leading Many Young Women to Eating Disorders

Last month I discussed the role of social media in facilitating eating disorders throughout our culture, and many have noted one of the most dangerous trends rising out of this is the quest for the “thigh gap.” Washington Post reporter Amanda Mascarelli has also observed how “this disturbing ultra-thin-body trend pressures women and girls to…

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