Eating disorders online

The Editors

Trigger warning: This file contains articles that show mentions and pictures of eating disorders that can be triggering to certain audiences.

The internet and social media have changed the ways in which we interact with each other, the content and information that we share and display about ourselves, and have produced new forms of celebrity. Selfies and social media celebrities, for instance, have become normal phenomena for the users of platforms like Instagram and TikTok. Though many of the new content types that have emerged appear innocent, there are some topics and perspectives that might cause adverse health effects. People who suffer from eating disorders are getting together online to experience a sense of belonging and to converse about their situations, but also to exchange advice and visual materials that might trigger them to engage with their disorder in more destructive ways. Some social media users have even become celebrities within the 'online eating disorder community', as their appearance is interpreted as 'inspirational'. The algorithms of social media platforms might strengthen these effects. This Diggit Magazine file discusses the role of social media and algorithms in the online practices of people who suffer from eating disorders and publish (un)healthy content about their daily struggle. 

Eugenia Cooney: Youtube's representative of disordered eating

Lara Hoffmann
13 minutes to read

(Trigger warning: ED and anoxeria). Eugenia Cooney is a YouTuber whose content is highly associated with anorexia and eating disorders. How do Foucault's concepts of power and the dangerous individual apply to a 21st-century social media figure?

How Instagram affects the way we eat

Lisa Anthony
9 minutes to read

Avocado toasts, rainbow bagels and crazy milkshakes are all the rage today in the food scene, and Instagram has a large role to play in this. “Instagrammable” food has changed the way we view food, and consume it as well.

Eating disorder sufferers on Twitter

Tara van Dijk
12 minutes to read

There is a social dimension to people suffering from an eating disorder. On platforms such like Twitter they form a social group. How is it to be a member of this community?