Nobody makes billions of dollars if we believe we’re fine just as we are

Eating disorders thrive in appearance-driven cultures. The U.S. is filled with powerful advertising executives who spend billions of dollars every year convincing us that we are not good enough as we are and that happiness and fulfillment can only be ours if we meet their stringent body and beauty requirements, which will we can do if we purchase their products. …

Instagram and body image in girls

10 facts about Instagram and body image in girls

It’s fun to scroll through Instagram, but it can have a negative impact on body image in girls. Instagram is not inherently bad, but research suggests that people who use Instagram – particularly young women – need to be cautious about managing what they see on their feeds. Curated feeds and sexy poses The greatest danger for young women on …

instagram hashtags avoid anorexia

Instagram hashtags to avoid when your child has anorexia

Everybody love Instagram, but there are some hashtags you should avoid if your child has anorexia. Hashtags are fun ways to navigate social media channels, especially Instagram. When we search something using a hashtag, we get to see hundreds, sometimes thousands of posts regarding that topic. It can be really fun to navigate these hashtags and find out what other …

news headlines focusing on dieting, exercise and losing weight all carry misinformation that is dangerous for people who have eating disorders

The “news” headlines that make us sick with eating disorders

These headlines are from news sources that promise to tell us the latest and greatest, research-based information about our health. For those of us who have/had eating disorders, these types of headlines are more than just clickbait – they tap into the obsessive side of ourselves that desperately wants to follow rules and be OK. Our eating disorder sees these …

The perfect social media pose, and how to talk to your teenager about false perfection on social media – by @brittanybaxter_x

On social media our teens are able to compare themselves to so-called “real” people, but those people are still working hard to take perfect photos, and altering the photos to present perfection to their followers. This goes way beyond what they see in traditional media, because social media feels *REAL*. It feels as if real people really look awesome and are having awesome …

How to talk to your teenager about Photoshop, the media, and how it impacts body image

Eating disorders like binge eating disorder, anorexia, and binge eating disorder have many complex layers. There is no single reason for the development of an eating disorder. It has been observed that many people who have eating disorders have a distorted view of themselves, along with a negative body image. There is a condition called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), which is …

What To Do Together: Watch this video about Photoshop and Beauty

If you have a daughter or a son with an eating disorder, they are likely struggling to understand the media presentation of the “ideal human” and match it up with their experience of themselves. Next time you’re sitting around together on separate devices, take a moment to connect with her, and watch this video together. This is a great way to open …