New Social Media Features Support Users With Eating Disorders

New Social Media Features Support Users With Eating Disorders

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Social media has lengthy been the bane of anybody with less-than-stellar self-worth. However three standard platforms are working to alter that.

In honor of Nationwide Consuming Dysfunction Consciousness Week within the US, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok every launched new insurance policies and options aimed toward offering assist for customers affected by unfavourable physique picture or an consuming dysfunction.


Whereas Instagram outwardly rejects content material selling or encouraging self-harm and consuming issues (and blurs probably triggering photographs), the social community stays a hotbed of unrealistic beliefs of magnificence.

“We have heard from specialists that we might assist individuals extra if we made out there devoted assets to deal with consuming issues or physique dissatisfaction,” mum or dad firm Fb said in an announcement. “Which is why we’re introducing new assets particular to physique picture points.” That features contacts for native consuming dysfunction hotlines in Canada, the UK, and Australia, in addition to recommendation on constructing physique confidence from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) within the US.

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If somebody queries phrases associated to disordered consuming, Instagram will share exterior assets first, earlier than displaying search outcomes. The identical goes for sharing info or if a involved person needs to supply digital assist. “Within the coming weeks, we’ll additionally make it simpler to attach with buddies within the second by including the flexibility to message on Instagram immediately from the assets,” Fb mentioned.

In honor of Nationwide Consuming Issues Consciousness Week (Feb. 22-28), Instagram enlisted group leaders Mik Zazon, James Rose, and Kendra Austin to share Reels encouraging optimistic physique picture, pushing again towards weight stigma and dangerous stereotypes, and displaying that “all our bodies are worthy and should be celebrated.”


Widespread amongst kids and youngsters, TikTok has come below fireplace for cyberbullying: A 2020 report suggests the video-sharing platform censored users with an “irregular physique form,” “ugly facial appears to be like,” an “apparent beer stomach,” and different aesthetic qualities. Now, in a serious step towards inclusivity, TikTok is rolling out new features to “present assist to anybody combating an consuming dysfunction.” Beginning this week, when somebody searches for #edrecovery, #proana, or different associated phrases, the positioning will spotlight the NEDA helpline and details about therapy choices.

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“We’re consistently impressed by tales of our group members lifting up each other and supporting those that are affected by physique picture and consuming issues,” Tara Wadhwa, director of coverage for TikTok US, mentioned in an announcement. “To help these conversations, we’re introducing new assets to supply entry to assist from knowledgeable organizations immediately from our app.”

Search for knowledgeable tips about how one can determine unfavourable self-talk, take into consideration your personal optimistic attributes and strengths, or assist a struggling buddy, in addition to everlasting public service bulletins through hashtags like #whatieatinaday, #emotionaleatingtips, #bingerecovery, and others. This week particularly, TikTok is inviting its group to debate points associated to meals, train, and physique picture; go to the Uncover web page to be taught extra about NEDAwareness and warning indicators and signs of an consuming dysfunction.


Pinterest has been battling consuming issues and self-harm since 2012, when it lastly removed pro-anorexia pins. Practically a decade later, the agency goes even additional to assist individuals, elevate consciousness, and construct communities of restoration.

“Our function is to assist individuals discover the assets they want from an expert, and we’re making it simpler to succeed in these specialists once they want it,” according to a company blog post, highlighting a contemporary characteristic that sends customers looking for consuming dysfunction key phrases on to the NEDA web site.

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Pinterest can also be donating advert credit to encourage individuals to tune into NEDAwareness Week occasions, and story pins will probably be used to generate consciousness, together with a characteristic educating of us about consuming issues communication and restoration on the At the moment tab.

“A optimistic and extra impressed web is a greater place to be for the world,” the weblog mentioned. “And which means persevering with to work arduous and preserve Pinterest as a spot for positivity.”

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