Recovering from an eating disorder in the Digital Age

 

We all love scrolling down Instagram, finding out what our friends are up to and looking at cute animals. But apart from mindless curiosity (and jealousy) at our co-worker’s holiday to Bora Bora, Hashtags are used to share our content with other people with similar interests. So it’s no wonder that people are documenting their #EDrecovery online. Whether it’s specifically #Orthorexia or any other eating disorder, people are getting online support, often referring to themselves as an #EDfamily. But is this transparency online a good thing?

Stella Stathi, a Jungien and Intergrative Psychotherapist Eating Disorder Specialist based in London believes that social media can be used for good. “I think it can go both ways. These last couple of years there is a lot of posting of food, bodies and models like there has always been, but at the same time there are people, organisations and campaigns promoting positive body image and promoting a healthy relationship with food. So these kinds of accounts are also available out there and are becoming much more popular. So it has to do with where you choose to focus.”

However, there are contrasting opinions when it comes to being so open on social media. I asked Jade Tansley, Barista, and Kelsey Miller, creator of the Anti Diet Project on Refinery29 about the downfalls of Eating Disorder Recovery online.

 

There are more sound bites from Kelsey on the Soundcloud, so check it out!

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