#anasoldier, #beatana, #edwarrior, #edfamily, #togetherwecan
If you saw these hashtags on your teen’s Instagram account, would you know what they meant?
I wouldn’t have—until I read this recent article. These are just a few of the Instagram hashtags commonly used by teens and young adults to find each other in a community of people recovering from eating disorders.
When you search for “recovery” on Instagram, you’ll find thousands of people, mostly young women, who are sharing their eating disorder recovery stories. You’ll find before-and-after mirror pictures, snapshots of their meals, and inspirational quotes, but above all, you’ll find a community of young women who support each other.
Instagram encouraging recovery
For sure, there are some worrisome things about social media and how teens use it. But one of the better aspects of social media is the sense of connection you can find there. Have a rare disease? A fashionable grandfather? Or a passion for Leonardo diCaprio? You’re not alone. IMHO (that’s teen slang for “in my humble opinion”) that's the best thing about teens using Instagram: No matter who you are, or what you’re into, you can instantly connect with other people who are right there with you.
As a result, Instagram is home to all kinds of groups—including groups of recovering anorexics and bulimics.
Eating disorders are really complicated diseases that are grossly misunderstood. Everyone has a different recovery process.