In this scholarly article Julie Andsager discusses social media's potential influence on body image. Sager goes on to discuss how messaging on social media platforms is created from the picture and captions you choose, and how the messages we receive affect us. This article provides research that I can apply when I am writing about my famous Instagrammers and the types of messages they receive and how it affects them.
Cheyenne runs another great body positive account. She doesn't focus as much on eating disorders but she does focus on feminism and the body positive movement. I will use her posts as example for how the movement has helped more people than harmed because she reaches a new audience that sometime mainstream body positive leaves out.
There has already been significant research with the question of whether these body positive movement platforms are helpful or harmful, asking whether they fulfill their mission of combating the very narrow definition of the ideal body with which we are constantly bombarded or cause harm. The goal of my paper is to claim that social media platforms, like Instagram, have done more help than harm and I will use this article to support my claim.
Dr. Anita Johnston focuses on recovery through storytelling, which allows many individuals to interrupt her stories in a way that they can connect with. I will use her book to discuss recovery because I think she does a great job of labeling an issue and talking about who to work with it unlike some Instagrammers who just promote yoga and meditation.
Melissa A. Fabello is a body acceptance activist and has her PhD in Human Sexuality. Her Instagram account is filled with pieces of eating disorder recovery, body positive messages, and feminist claims she believes in.
Joanna runs an account that isn't geared towards recovery, but I think her art really emphasizes feeling your emotions and letting them out which is a huge step in dealing with thoughts surrounding body and food habits.
Erin Gilmore is a yoga teacher and runs my favorite Instagram account. She posts a lot of time lapsed yoga videos with moving captions discussing anything from ED recovery, body acceptance, or whatever has made her angry or happy in the last few days.
People who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) think about their real or perceived flaws for hours a day. They have trouble controlling their negative thoughts and don't believe people who tell them that they look fine. Their thoughts can cause severe emotional distress and interfere with their daily functioning. Social Media allows us to post pictures that we are comfortable with, that can be edited, or heavily filtered and these actions can further affect they way we view our bodies.