Tag Archives: Social Media

Adjusting Social Media Habits to Support ED Recovery

Woman trying internet intervention Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation According to a Google study, 51 percent of teenagers (aged 13-17) spend more than three hours per day on their mobile phones social networking [1]. Additionally, Pew Research Center shows 71 percent are on [...]
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How to Become an Eating Disorder Specialist Overseas

Boy concerned about bulimia nervosa Eating disorders are a global issue that impacts individuals, families and loved ones across the world. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), there are approximately 30 million individuals impacted by these psychiatric illnesses in the United States alone, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, with eating disorders on the rise [...]
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Is Instagram Helping or Harming My Recovery Efforts?

Woman using social media and Instagram Instagram has become one of the most powerful social media platforms today, with countless individuals around the world accessing this network to connect through photos, videos, and live streams. As of April 2017, Instagram had over 700 million active users, with over 60 percent of users logging in daily, making Instagram the second most engaged [...]
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Creating a Safe Social Media Space to Maintain a Healthy Body Image

Person concerned with Binge Eating Disorder and Diabetes Instagram was recently confirmed as having negative effects on young people’s mental health, in a new report distributed by The Royal Society for Public Health [1]. Adolescents who spent time on the app were more susceptible to feelings of depression, isolation, uncertainty, and a small sense of worth, which corresponded to reduced confidence in their [...]
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The Impact of Social Media Trends on Body Image

Woman thinking about Instagram & Body Image Contributor: Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Individual and Family Therapy at Timberline Knolls. Eating disorders continue to be among the most deadly of psychiatric illnesses on a global scale. Knowing the impact the media has on the development of eating disorders, many countries are moving toward regulating advertising and marketing messages. France recently passed legislation [...]
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Current Ways to Be Involved in Advocacy in the Eating Disorder Community

Volunteer Hands Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness [1]. With such a high mortality and prevalence, most people have been impacted by an eating disorder in some way, whether personally or through a loved one. Many of those affected feel the need to do something to fight these illnesses and give back [...]
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Impact of Plus-Size Fashion Bloggers

Female Eating Disorder Professional Fashion bloggers are increasingly on the rise, with fashion trends being both modeled and recommended by bloggers across the globe. Research surveys have shown that 64% of social shoppers turn to message boards or blogs for inspiration before making a fashion-related purchase decision [1]. This may be because consumers are more likely to trust the [...]
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How Instagram Can Encourage Eating Disorder Behaviors

Woman using her phone to check Instagram Instagram is one of the quickest growing social media platforms, especially among the millennial generation, with approximately 90 percent of users being under the age of 35 [1]. As a platform that has doubled in growth in terms of users in the past year alone, this social media platform clearly is leveraging a new form [...]
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Petition Against Plastic Surgery Apps for Kids

Kid on Social Media A recent petition by Endangered Bodies has been making the rounds on social media to combat plastic surgery apps aimed at children, calling for their removal by Apple, Google, and Amazon. An Endangered Bodies representative was shocked to discover the “Plastic Surgery Simulator” app, quickly learning there were many similar games available on mobile devices [...]
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