Tiktok, Instagram and Pinterest Feature Eating Disorder Contents for NED Awareness Week
(Photo : Pixabay from Pexels) Social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest built a support feature for those who have eating disorders.

The eating disorder has been a big issue especially when people have been locked down for months due to the pandemic. Now, social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest have created a new feature to help the community cope-up with this problem which is often ignored as a simple disorder.

TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest Support NEDAwareness Week

Social media became a haven of dream foods that you can only see on the platform. The problem arises when eating unhealthy foods in unusual amounts was only romanticized by the people.

On February 22, which marks the start of National Eating Disorder (NED) Awareness Week, social media sites have participated to support the event. It will run until the end of February.

This gave light to people who have been dealing with this kind of disorder. Moreover, this is a positive step that a platform can do to prevent the spread of undesirable images that depict body shaming, excessive weight, and overeating, Gizmodo reported.

Earlier, Instagram said that it will be making features targeted to people who are discriminated against for having an imperfect body. In addition, it will also enable them to search for content related to eating disorders. Most importantly, the social media app was collaborating with health experts in forging policies to combat body shaming.

Furthermore, the site now blurred posts related to eating disorders. What's amazing is you can now call hotlines about your problem, which is now available in the US, Australia, and Canada.

Contacting them will not hurt you, but instead, it will help you build confidence to love your body more because it was supported by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA).

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Besides Instagram, Pinterest and TikTok joined the movement with the association. If you try searching words like 'edrecovery' or eating disorder recovery in the video-sharing platform, you will be directed to ask a question to experts to deal with your eating disorder problem.

If you have a friend who is suffering from the said disorder, try to solicit advice so he/she can positively tackle what needs to be improved in order to mitigate or control the eating behavior.

On the other hand, Pinterest decided to conduct several discussions which involved stories based on true experience to commemorate the NEDAwareness Week.

From the start, Instagram has been keen on implementing content that exhibits body appreciation. If you are an individual who is undergoing this problem, look at the brighter side of things and trust that these social media platforms will help you mold a positive body image that you always desire.

A Testimony from an Eating-Disorder Patient

In a report by USA Today, a 34-year-old Black woman named Stephanie Parker recalled a memory about her condition. Before the pandemic, she was aware that it was happening, but she did not pay attention.

Her eating-disorder persisted for decades. For instance, she would buy food to keep them in her apartment, but she just occasionally eats. She was also meticulous when it comes to the plates so she would first clean them excessively.

"I was worried things weren't clean enough to actually eat off of. My plates weren't clean enough, my hands weren't clean enough," Parker said, referring to her obsessive-compulsive behavior.

Upon learning it, she sought professional help and she underwent several therapies. After some months, she managed to recover from the disorder and now she feels 'happy and liberated' now.

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