So my weight went down a little, but I was eating the same calories and working out a little less. So....yeah. My only guess is that since I just found out about my wheat/soy allergies, I am dealing with less inflammation and water retention. I can get on board with that.
(Want to know why I'm posting random pictures of my weight? Read here.)
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Now that that's out of the way, we can get to the good stuff. Please feel free to share your thought, opinions or questions about the following topic:
Does Pinterest Encourage Eating Disorders?
Having a blog and working from home on my computer SHOULD mean I'm totally aware of social media sites, but I'm still a little late to the party in most cases. I don't have a Twitter account or a Pinterest account. I can, however, see how addictive Pinterest can be. Twee little hipster photos, incredible recipes and 7 gazillion wedding ideas make for entertainment, I get it. And let's be honest, I'll probably have an account within the year. I yield easily to peer pressure.
The problem is that with over ten million users and a real visual appeal for young women, something helpful and entertaining can turn into a breeding ground for eating disorders and unhappiness with your own body. Take the following picture from Pinterest, for example. I think most people would say that this does cross the line and emphasizes weight loss above all else:
But what about these pictures? These are two screencaps of what you get when you type in "fitness inspiration" on Pinterest:
From what I understand, Pinterest (as well as Tumblr) have taken steps to eliminate material that promotes anorexia and disordered eating/thinking. But to someone with anorexia, wouldn't ALL of the above photos be just as dangerous?
My Thoughts: I don't love the recent increase of Pinterest fitness quotes/images floating around. I understand the message for most bloggers is fitness rather than skin and bones, but it's still valuing a certain look above all else. I don't think trying to get fit, trying to get to a healthy body weight or even trying to look good in a bikini is a bad thing. I just don't know if we need to put sexy images of women in with the message of health. Somehow I don't think charts that correlate obesity with high blood pressure would be as "pinnable" though, do you?
What are your thoughts? Love Pinterest, love fitness inspiration and hate this post? Tell me. Do you visit Pinterest but stick to DIY and food recipes? Do you think those struggling with eating disorders will suffer with or without Pinterest?
If you find this topic as interesting as I do, here are a few articles that cover the subject a little better from Salon and Jezebel.