The media has, and continues to be, a major factor that contributes to the development of an eating disorder. It’s not enough to just see skinny and flawless models on television and in movies, but now many people are using social media to encourage and support eating disorders. Many women and men are using mediums like Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter to post statuses and pictures encouraging eating disorders. This kind of negative attention undoubtedly impacts people attempting to recover from an eating disorder.
So how does one block out these messages from social media? Do you avoid things like Instagram or simply avert your eyes when you see a status like this get posted? It can be difficult to ignore social media and not let images influence you. The important thing is to find a way to avoid letting it affect your recovery. Websites like http://www.Proud2BMe.org is a great site that offers support and information regarding body image and eating disorders. Hopefully, with time, raising awareness will help society to acknowledge this issue and for media, as a whole, to eventually transform.