A note about “healthy” living bloggers.
Hi guys. I’ve postponed this post for awhile because I don’t like throwing anyone under the bus. But now I’m sufficiently pissed off, so here we go.
I have an issue with “healthy” living bloggers who promote their eating as “healthy” when they are actually in their own eating disorder. It’s irresponsible and it’s harmful. Eating disorders are deadly. Anorexia has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness for goodness sake. Many of these people on social media may be in denial, or they may just be blissfully unaware. But I want to help cut through the noise for you guys; many of these “healthy” accounts you follow are a lie.
I talk very openly about how I was still in my eating disorder when I started this blog in 2011 and I have no doubt I made some peoples eating disorder behaviors worse. If you were affected by that…I’m so so so sorry. I’ve gone back and deleted nearly all of those 2011 posts because I feel so disconnected from who that girl was.
Anyways. I recently watched a webinar for eating disorder professionals about social media + eating disorders. The webinar was hosted by Nicole Hawkins, PHD, CEDS. Here are some statistics that were shared…
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!! I mean 24% of bloggers had an ED and are promoting their eating as “healthy”?! 33% weren’t eating enough and/or were overexercising so they couldn’t have a regular period? Why are these bloggers being categorized as being healthy when they are not? Are they “healthy” because they eliminate entire groups of food? Are the healthy because they are thin? Are they “healthy” because they find unique ways to bake without butter and gluten?
So many of these blogs messed me the eff up when I was in my ED.
If there is anyone you follow on social media who makes you “like” yourself less or interferes with you eating according to your cravings…unfollow them. My rule of thumb is: If when I pull up their IG account they have kale in more than 2 of their 6 most recent IG photos…unfollow. Also, if they frequently show photos of those bowls where they roast every vegetable known to man (including giant carrots roasted) and put it all in a bowl and call that lunch…unfollow. Like seriously. I follow those rules. That’s probably why I follow less than 400 people on IG, because I am so easily annoyed AND protective of my health.
I don’t believe we are sponges. We don’t have to absorb everything we read or hear, but if you are susceptible to/or currently engage in disordered eating behaviors, do yourself a favor and unfollow some people. Unfollow anyone who talks about calories and that eating lower calorie foods is good in some way. Unfollow anyone who eats an obscene amount of vegetables. Unfollow anyone who only has “fun food” if they exercise. Unfollow anyone who shows them exercising everyday. Unfollow anyone who makes you “like” yourself less.
Before you try to make your lunch look like some clean eating, vegetable-filled bowl topped with hummus you see on IG…step 1) unfollow that person who’s bowl it was if they are preventing you from tuning into your body. step 2) check in with your body and what YOU are craving. step 3) eat that thing you are craving. DONE. Then repeat for all meals and snacks.
If you have a difficult relationship with food and your body, I hope you will look into my online course and see if it is something that resonates with you.