Eating Disorder Pro-Recovery on Social Networks & The Media

Media representation of body image and eating disorders is skewed at best and is often controversial. It is essential that individuals working in the field of Eating Disorders establish a high standard for any campaign work and publicity.  At Eating Disorder Hope, we proudly support the pro-recovery movement and will always be devoted to providing supportive information for those who are suffering. This unwavering commitment is upheld throughout all of our social media networks and venues, such as Facebook and Pinterest, as we are determined to use these facets responsibly and with the goal of encouraging recovery from eating disorders.

Eating Disorder Hope stands behind social networking sites such as Pinterest, Tumblr, and recently Instagram, who have made tremendous efforts to ban “thinspiration” and pro-eating disorder photographs from being posted. In an attempt to prevent users from posting things that glorify or promote self-harm, Instagram has established guidelines that prevent the sharing of images that encourage users to embrace eating disorders or self-harming behaviors. Additionally, Instagram has disabled searches for hashtags that include thinspiration, pro-bulimia, or pro-anorexia. If a user is found to search for hashtags such as these, they might be surprised to uncover a result that leads them to the National Eating Disorder Association. This follows suit of other major social media sites, which have already banned self-harm posts and accounts from their sites. Eating Disorder Hope applauds this movement, which is critical in discouraging the use of photographs of dangerously thin people as inspiration to begin and maintain eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. These movements illicit dangerous messages that depict eating disorders as a “lifestyle” rather than the reality of the critical mental illnesses they are.

Eating Disorder Hope is fully supportive of the movements and resources that instigate change, positivity, and encouragement along the journey of recovery. We recognize the struggles that men and women might face when attempting to heal from and treat an eating disorder, and we are committed to advocating resources that will inspire hope along every step of the way.

Published on, Help for Eating Disorders