We all love scrolling down Instagram, finding out what our friends are up to and looking at cute animals. But apart from mindless curiosity (and jealousy) at our co-worker’s holiday to Bora Bora, Hashtags are used to share our content with other people with similar interests. So it’s no wonder that people are documenting their #EDrecovery online. Whether it’s specifically #Orthorexia or any other eating disorder, people are getting online support, often referring to themselves as an #EDfamily. But is this transparency online a good thing?
Stella Stathi, a Jungien and Intergrative Psychotherapist Eating Disorder Specialist based in London believes that social media can be used for good. “I think it can go both ways. These last couple of years there is a lot of posting of food, bodies and models like there has always been, but at the same time there are people, organisations and campaigns promoting positive body image and promoting a healthy relationship with food. So these kinds of accounts are also available out there and are becoming much more popular. So it has to do with where you choose to focus.”
However, there are contrasting opinions when it comes to being so open on social media. I asked Jade Tansley, Barista, and Kelsey Miller, creator of the Anti Diet Project on Refinery29 about the downfalls of Eating Disorder Recovery online.
If you enjoyed that, I also spoke to Kelsey Miller about the #AntiDietProject, relationship between the media and women, and her new book, Big Girl (available to buy now). Take a listen to the clips below, or check out the Soundcloud page for this project!
Kelsey Miller has strong opinions when discussing how the media talks to women about food! Listen below:
Kelsey has a new book out, called Big Girl (available to buy now). She discusses what it is about! Listen below:
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