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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what does society have tosay about bodies that dont fit the norm for beauty standards? BellevueColleges current art exhibition, Changing Bodies, challenges the notion that bodiesmust be considered beautiful in order to be considered valid.

The exhibit features artists from a range of backgrounds anda variety of body types and shapes from people of different ages, ethnicities, andgenders. Most of the pieces on display are self-portrayals in a mix of mediums,from sculpture to photography to paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor) on wood,canvas, and paper. These works showcase how a bodys image is perceived by theself and by society.

The artists featured are Kim Anderson, Mario Joyce Belyusar,Pat DeCaro, Eridian Falcone, Pamm Hanson, Barry Johnson, Andrea Marcos, HannahMcBroom, Sam Newton, Hanako OLeary, Amy Royale, and Elizabeth Seibel.

The works of art touched on how bodies change over time dueto the process of aging, physical changes, etc. and how the perception of thosebodies are transformed. One artist painted a series of self portraits showinghow her face changed over a period of ten years. Another used digitallymanipulated photographs to communicate a sense of alienation and control overhow the body changes during hormone therapy in a series called Dysmorphia. Aceramic sculpture piece was a creative representation of how one artist feltafter abortion, and how she felt she was perceived by others. Anotherphotographer showed how her body was affected by extreme weight loss followingobesity. A painting without a face depicted how identity is affected by race,and a collage portrayed the idea that identities have layers of history thatcannot be obscured. All of these pieces touch on the idea that the physicalform of a person is transformed in the eyes of the viewer.

Many of the pieces featured have a certain amount of shockvalue. Bodies with stretch marks, body hair, and wrinkles arent normallypresented in art. The exhibition defies conventional beauty standards in anextreme way.Some viewers may feel uncomfortable when confronted with bodiesthat arent typically displayed. The point of the exhibit is to questionsocietys feelings on bodies that tend to be ignored or hidden away. There wasa great range of representation in the gallery, with diverse races, ages,gender identities, and body types, but the message of inclusivity could havebeen stronger if there was representation of people with disabilities.

The exhibit is certainly thought-provoking, and through theevaluation of our perception of others we can reflect on our evaluation ofourselves. The currently acceptable beauty standards exclude many bodies whodont fit the norm. By displaying unconventional bodies as art, the exhibitmakes a statement that all shapes and sizes are acceptable at all stages oflife. The progression of time is inevitable, and bodies are transformed by anumber of circumstances and events; all of them are valid as part of the humanexperience. By opening a discussion on how society perceives the whole spectrumof bodies, the exhibit marks a new understanding of the differences andsimilarities shared.

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Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

The World Mental Health Day (October 10) has just gone past, and I remain hopeful that those who are mentally ill will eventually be treated with more compassion and kindness, and an attempt will be made to understand their life experience rather than viewing them first and foremost as a danger to other human beings.

In the context of the 2019 movie Joker, some instances that I loved about the movie include how the mentally ill Joker is still capable of caregiving (the way he takes of his mother i.e.), how he holds onto a job for a while (even if he is a victim of violence and gets beaten up), how his vulnerability is exploited (when he is handed over a gun seemingly for self-protection), how he is willing to go through therapy and medication (and doesnt talk about it otherwise), and how funding can be suddenly cut off for those who are vulnerable (a reality that doesnt get as much attention as treatments are expensive). Poverty worsens mental illness, and those who suffer from debilitating mental illness are often reduced to poverty because they cant hold onto a job/ career. I am told the movie The Soloist addresses this and am hoping to watch it sometime.

What invariably pains me is the extreme depiction of mental illness. If we are willing to consider that the average human being isnt going to kill people or take to terrorism, we must also be willing to consider that the average mentally ill person is likely to self-harm and be a victim of violence. Mental illness exists across a spectrum, and with the right treatment and support, people can lead fulfilling lives. When this doesnt get shown, people shy away from treatment and the stigma intensifies. What also pains me is to see how mental illness patients are reduced to their illness, and agency is taken away from them as if they are incapable of taking the right decisions. It is only as recently as last year (2018) that mental illness patients can start benefiting from the legal changes in India via the mental healthcare act.

As for those who are shown to be extremely creative (Van Gogh invariably is a benchmark for instance) as a result of their illness it is true that many are creative, but it is the same as those who are creative and dont have mental illness. When an excellent actor like Joaquin Phoenix plays a mentally ill patient who causes violence, the association of violence with mental illness becomes stronger. In this movie, I didnt focus on the association with the current political context those who are mentally healthy are also capable of violence due to factors shown rather well in the movie, and I am usually keen on encouraging debate on those who are left out from the mainstream. But that has little to do with mental illness itself.

What also doesnt get spoken about is how social support can easily be withdrawn for those who have mental illness. Sure, any ill person isnt as much fun to be around with as they cannot take on more tasks or actively participate like those who are healthy the world does revolve around the healthy or arent going to be prim and proper and appropriate all the time. This does not mean that they are incapable of understanding the impact they have on those who are healthy / normal, and this does not mean that they are incapable of discerning whats appropriate and whats not. The guilt is often all-gnawing and they have to deal with that too in addition to all that illness brings in its wake. Not many know the side effects of medication sometimes include heightened anxiety or weight gain or reduced libido (to name three) and people drop out of medication due to the impact of side effects too. Not the stuff that movies can readily address, but a hint or two will surely help. Here, they show Jokers extreme weight loss we dont know why it is the case, but thats the impression we shall carry of the mentally ill.

While caregivers do more than their share of work and books can help derive meaning, do reach out to those who are mentally ill for a more accurate depiction of what it is really like. They will open up, even if it is fraught with hesitation and anxiety due to the stigma. The act of reaching out is extremely powerful.

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Oct 13th, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Bulimiais a serious eating disordercondition that leads to a myriad of health complications. When you think a relative or friend may be at risk, it can be terrifying. Dont worry, MusicSnake Magazine team is here to help you to detect this condition in loved ones so you can help them. Read on to find out all of the red flags that indicate a possibility of this frightening eating disorder.

Number One: Red Eyes from Bulimia. Consistent vomiting causes many noticeable side effects, but one of the most noticeable will be bloodshot eyes. Because vomiting puts a lot of stress on the body, its common for people with bulimia to sport eyes ridden with broken blood vessels.

NumberTwo: Odd Eating Behavior. When a person is dealing with this disorder, it becomes most evident at meal time. If your loved one is engaging in odd diets, especially a liquid diet, or you havent actually seen them eat in a while, there is a chance that they may be hiding bulimia. Main indicators will be eating uncontrollably, eating discretely or odd habits that prolong the process of eating (cutting food into tiny pieces, tapping fork on plate, etc.).

Number Three: Scars or Calluses on Hands. When a bulimic is constantly sticking their fingers down their throat to induce puking, the skin on their hands will most likely have a reaction to the stomach acid. You may be able to notice a rash or even scars on their hands.

NumberFour: Puffy Cheeks. Abnormally puffy cheeks could also be caused from bulimia. Consistent puking will have a myriad of effect on the body, and can often cause cheeks to puff more than usual. This can be especially worrying, because it may indicate more serious underlying health conditions.

NumberFive: Teeth Discoloration. Constant puking will have an extreme effect on dental hygiene. Because vomit mainly consists of stomach acid, puking often will begin a process of corroding your teeth. Bulimics often suffer yellowed, transparent, rigid, or even chipped teeth from their eating disorder.

NumberSix: Weight Fluctuation. People associate extreme weight loss with eating disorders, although any noticeable weight fluctuation could indicate an eating disorder. In the case it is often a mental habit rather than a method of weight loss. This will most often lead to weight loss, but can also cause weight gain.

NumberSeven: Lengthy Bathroom Trips. If your loved one is making constant, lengthy trips to the bathroom, it may be cause for concern. One reason for this is because they may be making themselves puke during this time. However, the disorder can also cause constipation, which will make their condition even more evident.

Number Eight: Weight-Oriented Obsessive Behavior. Too many people are obsessed with weight management these days, and it is never healthy behavior. This sign may not always indicate an eating disorder, but it is a huge red flag for a risk of developing one. Thanks for reading!

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Oct 12th, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Although it is not a new disease, an appetite disorder can be related to modern lifestyle. In an attempt to reduce the weight and bring the body into shape people tend to decrease the normal food consumption. It is largely explained as a disturbed eating habit or disorders leading to significant impairing of physical and psychological health of the patient. Eating disorder also occurs with variety of other psychiatric illnesses such as substance abuse, anxiety disorder, depression and other similar conditions. In addition, people suffering from appetite disorders can experience a wide range of physical health complications such as serious heart conditions and kidney failure among others which may lead to even death.

Appetite disorder market: Categories

Two of the prominent categories of the eating disorders include anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In anorexia nervosa, people tend to starve themselves for extreme weight loss whereas in bulimia nervosa a person tend to vomit after having food more than a stipulated amount every time. Females are more prone to eating or appetite disorders as compared to men. According to an article published in Psychology Today, approximately 0.5% to 3.7% of the female population suffers from anorexia nervosa whereas, an estimated 1.1% to 4.2% of the female population have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime. In the United States approximately 7 million women and 1 million men suffer from appetite disorder

Appetite disorder market: Major drivers

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Major drivers to appetite disorder include genetics, abnormal level of biochemical in the body, psychological and environmental factors. With respect to genetics, identical twins are more likely to have higher rate of eating disorder as compared to fraternal twins or other siblings. Stress is another prominent cause of eating disorders. Many research studies have found that patients suffering from bulimia and anorexia have considerably higher level of stress hormones such as cortisol and serotonin. Environmental factors such as family and relationship problems, sexual abuse, disturbed childhood and peer problem can also significantly contribute towards appetite disorders. Despite of all these findings till date, the exact cause of the eating disorders is still unknown.

Appetite disorder market: Available drugs

Available treatment for appetite disorder includes nutritional therapy and drug therapy. Some of the commonly used drugs include antidepressants, antipsychotics, calcium plus vitamin D supplement and gastrointestinal stimulants among others. Lack of awareness about the disorder and absence of professional help in developing economic countries are some of the key restraints to the uptake of appetite disorder market. Cultural, professional and social compulsions such as requirements in the entertainment industry, modeling and a blurred perception of what a healthy body should look like has been a major cause of anorexia and bulimia. Several not-for-profit organizations have been creating awareness of the problems caused by social perceptions and demands in society for having a thin body particularly in females. This was conventionally upheld as a parameter for visual appeal, but is now slowly changing, with reducing number of cases over the world.

Appetite disorder market: Affected regions

Geographically, developed economic countries such as the United States and Europe are more prone to appetite disorder as compared to developing economic region primarily due to unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle related disorders. Intense research and development and awareness among people regarding eating disorder in developed economic countries are another contributing factor for increase in revenues in these two geographic regions. Many companies such as GlaxoSmithKline plc, Medisyn Technologies, Inc., Omeros Corporation are conducting rigorous clinical trial activities to develop novel drugs for patient suffering from appetite disorders. Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World are one of the fastest growing region owing to increase in disposable income, increasing influence and impact of camouflaging western culture lifestyle and rising incidences of obesity related disorders among mid-aged people.

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Some of the prominent companies operating in Appetite (Eating) Disorders Market include GlaxoSmithKline plc, INSYS Therapeutics, Inc., Global Health Ventures Inc., Omeros Corporation, Kuhnil Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Medisyn Technologies, Inc., Lightlake Therapeutics Inc. among other players.

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Oct 12th, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Canadian-born, California-based Brant Pinvidic has been a producer and director, a network executive, a CCO and a CEO, and a podcast host. The multi-hyphenate is now adding another descriptor into the mix author with the upcoming release of his first book, The 3-Minute Rule, from Random House. To talk about all of the above and more, he joins Jimmy Fox for the latest edition of Unscripted and Unprepared, presented in partnership with Realscreen.

The new episode is now available via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify, among other outlets.

Pinvidic has held senior development positions on the production side, at GRB, and at a network, TLC. From there, he moved to 3 Ball Entertainment/Eyeworks where he executive produced and sold such series as Bar Rescueand Extreme Weight Loss. After forming his own company, INvelop Entertainment, he directed the documentary Why Im Not on Facebook, followed it up with the short, Why Im Not on Pokemon Go, and extended the idea into the podcast, Why Im Not

Having left the reality TV production business, he has consulted with myriad companies working in various sectors and has been a contributing writer for Forbes. Pinvidics most recent venture is the book, The 3-Minute Rule, in which he shares his recipe for effective, clear and concise communication and pitching prowess.

Past episodes of Unscripted and Unprepared, a series of conversations with the most influential players in the unscripted television industry, have featured Howard T. Owens, Arthur Smith, Brent Montgomery, Nancy Glass, Jonathan Murray, Cori Abraham, Thom Beers, World of Wonders Fenton Bailey, Epixs Rachel Brill, Historys Eli Lehrer, Propagate Contents Ben Silverman, IDs Jane Latman, TLCs Jason Sarlanis, ITV Americas David Eilenberg, and Showtimes Vinnie Malhotra, among many others.

Jimmy Foxs production credits with Main Event Media include CNNs United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell and Amazons Inside Jokes.

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Oct 8th, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

By Madeleine Latimer

How would you like to be medicated for a year to a point to where you feel numb and then be ripped away from the medicine without any knowledge of how to deal with your depressive symptoms and shoved back into the real world? Thats like feeding someone a five course meal for each meal over a month and then switching to feeding them a piece of bread each day. With depression medication, you cannot simply put someone on medicine for a period of time, and then take it away from them without teaching them the skills to deal with their remaining symptoms, otherwise they will be as confused and unprepared as they were before they were put on the medication. The use of anti-depressant medication should not be used as the sole solution for the treatment of depression.

Also called major depressive disorder, depression affects feelings, actions, and thoughts day to day. Depression is usually associated with brain chemicals being out of balance. Medical treatments are typically used to help treat depressive symptoms, while sometimes, various alternative options such as therapy or vitamins work better. Depression can be caused by a mixture of biological and genetic traits, adverse health conditions, current situations such as job loss, stress, trauma, or violence, severe grief, certain prescription medications, and/or alcohol or substance abuse. It can make people disinterested in doing things they used to do, and have negative impacts on family, work, and social life. Depression can also affect common physical ailments. Those ailments could be things like arthritis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. There are many symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of depression. Some of the symptoms are severely low moods, extreme sadness, tearfulness, and/or a strong sense of hopelessness. There could be extreme weight loss or weight gain, increased rates of anxiety or stress for no reason, trouble sleeping, lots of self-criticism, withdrawing from friends and family, or an increase in abusing alcohol and drugs. Depression may also lead to thoughts that could involve suicide, and is fairly common, impacting around 1 out of 10 Americans.

There are multiple types of depression. Major depressive disorder is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with day to day life for weeks or longer. Dysthymia is a type of chronic depression where a persons mood is regularly low. Seasonal affective disorder occurs and disappears at roughly the same time each year. Depressive psychosis is a combination of a depressed mood along with psychosis. There may be hallucinations or delusions with depressive psychosis. Postpartum depression is a short-term depression that happens after the birth of a baby. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is extreme mood shifts up to ten days before a womans menstrual cycle. Its like a more extreme case of PMS.

It is important that the different types of depression are treated properly. The two most popular ways to treat depression are talk therapy and anti-depressants. Usually they are used together in the early phases of treatment, so the patient can adapt skills to help them with their depression once they are off medication. Talk therapy, also called psychotherapy, happens with a certified therapist. There are three main types of anti-depressants: tricyclic anti-depressants (TCAs), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs). Sometimes anti-depressants can help symptoms immediately, but for some people, the only way to cope with their depression is to start psychological treatment.

Not all types of depression require the use of medicine. Some types do not respond to medications at all. Doctors and other experts have said that often patients are prescribed anti-depressants unnecessarily. Clinical trials have shown anti-depressants do not typically work on mild types of depression. It has been found that the more severe the depression, the more likely the medicine will work. Studies of adults with mild depression showed that without anti-depressants, about 20 to 40 out of 100 people who took a placebo noticed an improvement in their symptoms within six to eight weeks, and with anti-depressants, about 40 to 60 out of 100 people who took an anti-depressant noticed an improvement in their symptoms within six to eight weeks.1 Taking anti-depressants improved symptoms only in about 20 more people. This shows that anti-depressant medications are not that much more effective than placebo pills on people with mild depression. So if it does not work well for them, then why give them the medication? Proponents of anti-depressants believe that medication and therapy together can speed along treatment. The issue with that is that even though that may work for some people with major depressive disorder or dysthymia, it will not work for everyone. Some people just need therapy. It takes a while for medication to take full effect in a person and it might actually make the people, whos depression does not react to medication well, worse.

There are other treatment options outside of medication that have shown to be successful on their own, or in conjunction with medication, if necessary. Therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, talk therapy, and mindfulness therapy are gaining in popularity for the treatment of depression. There are a number of natural ways you can relieve depression funks should you fall into one. You can try to problem solve, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where you think about what caused you to feel the way you are feeling and figure out how to solve that issue and work through it. Getting up and moving your body and eating balanced meals help alleviate symptoms. Avoid caffeine. Get out into the sun more and try mood-enhancing supplements like B6, B12, and Omega 3. These techniques will help you whether you are taking anti-depressants, or not. These methods continue to help once you stop taking anti-depressants. Patients treated for depression may relapse once they stop medication. While that may be true in some situations, if the patient slowly comes off of the medication and continues therapy until they are stable, then typically they do not.

There also may be underlying issues that are causing or contributing to depressive feelings, which can be fixed if properly addressed. Some underlying issues include situational depression, hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, low vitamin absorption, medical issues, thyroid issues, immune system issues, etc. It is possible that our lifestyle, lack of activity, and stress are the key reasons why so many Americans are depressed and anxious, and why that number has increased so dramatically. We should focus on making our lifestyles more balanced. We can fix many of these issues through changing our diets, taking vitamin supplements, or going through procedures to correct underlying issues. Some professionals believe that anti-depression medication can help with mood stabilization, while they perform other tests for potential underlying health issues like thyroid problems or hormone imbalances. Its unlikely, though, the medication would work if the symptoms are due to another medical issue and not the chemical imbalance from depression. In this case alternative therapies could have more of an impact, while eliminating the risks associated with taking the medications.

While there are clearly certain circumstances where medication is absolutely necessary, often the correction of underlying issues and uses of alternative treatments result in higher success rates and lower recurrence of a depressive diagnosis. Depression is a complicated disability, and not all depression can be treated through medicine. A patient needs to learn skills to deal with their depression once they go off the medicine. There are many causes for depression. Some are easy to fix, and others not so much. For the people who deal with depression, the first step to that is truly understanding what your depression does and what helps you and your specific type of depression the most.

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Oct 4th, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Anorexia nervosa is a psychological disorder with misconceptions regarding body image and shape that may have resulted from the stereotype of being thin is beautiful

Eating disorders are a group of mental ailments categorized into anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders otherwise not specified (EDNOS). Anorexia nervosa is a psychological disorder with misconceptions regarding body image and shape that may have resulted from the stereotype of being thin is beautiful. It also features extreme fear from gaining weight? becoming fat in spite of being grossly underweight and is the complete refusal to maintain normal body weight resulting in drastic weight loss.

Symptoms And Complications

Dehydration. lowered heart beats, fatigue,muscle weakness, diarrhoea/constipation, bloating, amenorrhea (cessation of menstrualcycle) and extreme weight loss are the most striking symptoms. Untreated Anorexia can further lead to serious complications such as extreme loss of hair, dry skin, proximal myopathy (difficulty in standing from a seated position or lifting arms up in the air), respiratory function may be altered because of loss of inter-costal muscle strength, reduced bone mineral density that can lead to osteoporosis, loss of cognition and memory, poor circulation and hypotension, loss of fertility and reproductive function etc.

Plan of Action: Behavioural Cognitive Therapy

A recovery meal plan for anorexia nervosa starts with behavioural cognitive therapy in which the nutrition counsellor initiates proper reasoning for the patients perception/ mindset regarding food and body image. Usually, those suffering from anorexia nervosa have very high, deliberate energy expenditure through extensive physical exertion.

A major step towards a change in the mindset and prevention of relapse is counselling to explore ones body image and to love oneself the way one is

They have long gaps between meals and consume not more than 500-700 kcals a day. It is hence important to start slow with a gradual increase to a l000 kcals a day for week one, 1500 kcals a day for week two until 2000 kcals a day throughout week three. However, the duration differs, depending on the patients coping abilities and current status.

Here are a few important nutritional and medical guidelines to combat the effects of under-nutrition, regain normal weight and restore normal physiological functioning:

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Oct 2nd, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

As Florida continues battling an opioid abuse crisis, another, largely forgotten drug has ramped up in North Floridameth. Its low cost and relative ease of access, is making it harder for local law enforcement agencies to control.

Leon County Sheriffs Deputy Michael Wallace has seen the toll of meth first-hand. When he worked in Gadsden County, he befriended a known drug user, who got addicted to meth.

It removed the taste of addiction from her," he explains. Wallace says she told him, "I like to get high, but I dont want no more crack this meth is where its at."

That's when he says "I knew that this drug would become a heck of an issue for us when a known crack user didnt want crack."

I knew that this drug would become a heck of an issue for us when a known crack user didn't want crack.

While most of Florida grapples with the ongoing impact of the opioid epidemic, and drugs like fentanyl and heroin that have stepped in as a result of tougher prescription controls, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Forensic Officer Mary Jane Havener says meth has risen to become a drug of choice for users in Tallahassee and North Florida.

"A much higher percentage of the overall drugs received in the panhandle are methamphetamine," Havener says, "where in Orlando and Fort Myers area where youve got those central and southwestern counties you see a much higher percentage of cocaine."

Meth is made with simple household products, which makes it one of the easiest drugs to access. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, meth users are more susceptible to extreme weight loss, tooth decay, anxiety and hallucinations.

"Meth... has become one of those things that, because of the nature of how its made and what its made of, its plentiful," says Wallace.

Meth been one of those drugs that has no respect of person.

In a 2017 report by the Florida Medical Examiners, there were a reported 858 meth-related deaths statewide, a 38% increase from 2016.

Of those 2017 deaths, 82 were reported in the panhandle.

Some of it is related to population, but some of it is related to what dugs are being used by the population," Havener says. "You do see differences regionally, and you also see some of those differences in the number and type of opioid drug.

The report shows that meth caused more deaths in the region than Cocaine, Heroin and Fentanyl.

Local law enforcement agencies are trying to crack down drug trafficking in Tallahassee but because meth can be made in homes, its not as obvious, and users often become dealers. So, agencies like the Leon County Sheriffs office rely heavily on old methods like anonymous tips and traffic stops.

Despite those efforts, Wallace says meth remains problematic.

Theres certain drugs that we would look at and we would say, 'thats a drug that going to hit the black community, thats a white drug.' But you know what? Meth been one of those drugs that has no respect of a person."

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Sep 29th, 2019 | Filed under Extreme Weight Loss

Instagram and Facebook recently announced they will block users under age 18 from seeing posts that promote certain weight loss products or cosmetic procedures. It's an attempt to shield teens from the dangerous messages that being beautiful means being slim, and that you can get that way by sucking on a diet-suppressing lollipop or sipping detox tea. The ban is a good move. But the "thin ideal" is such a pervasive concept in our society that I fear this change will do little to protect teenagers from the diet culture messaging that bombards them daily.

Too often, weight control products are endorsed by teen icons such as the Kardashians or Cardi B in a way that suggests these celebrities achieved their good looks by consuming certain items - rather than through genetic inheritances, aesthetic enhancements, personal trainers and Photoshopping. Adults can fall for such assertions, too, and for that reason, Facebook and Instagram will also remove any content making "miraculous claims" about diet or weight loss products that is linked to a commercial offer.

Even with these filters, however, questionable content will get through. I used my teenage daughter's phone on a recent morning to search for "weight loss" on Instagram. While there were definitely some blocked posts (a grayscale square pops up saying the ad is blocked and asks the user to confirm they are over 18), there are plenty of remaining pictures about how to "lose fat fast" or "make protein shakes" that could easily lead any teenager to follow harmful dieting advice.

Ysabel Gerrard, a lecturer in digital media at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom who helped Instagram develop the new policy, said last week's announcement marks only the first step of the policy, which will continue to be adapted and improved. (In 2012, Instagram banned posts with tags such as #thinspiration that encourage extreme weight loss.)

"This won't be the last you hear of Instagram's efforts to minimize dangerous diet- and cosmetic surgery-related content, and I will keep working with the other experts to push this in the best possible direction," she said. "One of the things that remains unclear to the public, and which I suspect will be clarified, is the definition of 'miraculous claims.' "

Gerrard also said that Instagram will have a set of guidelines to help human content moderators figure out which posts break the rules and which ones don't. And when users see content they are unhappy with, there will be an easy way to report it to Instagram.

Gerrard explained that Instagram's new policy specifically aims to protect people whose bodies are still developing. In the United States, that would be the 72 percent of teens who are among Instagram's 1 billion users. Studies show that young women who follow appearance-focused accounts on Instagram have a greater likelihood of internalizing a thin ideal and a more negative body image, and a greater likelihood of suffering from disordered eating.

What's also concerning is that social media use may contribute to an echo chamber effect, where teens think their worldviews are more common than they actually are because they only see posts from people with a similar mind-set.

"It's awful to see celebrities giving advice about harmful weight loss supplements to vulnerable people on the Internet, especially to young people who need to be built up rather than torn down by the myth that being skinny is the key to happiness," said Rebecca Bitzer, a dietitian and certified eating disorder specialist in Maryland. "That is simply not true, and we have to be responsible with our messages to move away from this diet mentality."

Bitzer said many clients have walked into her office and cried in a session because a post they saw on social media had sabotaged their work toward recovery from disordered eating. "Not only are the images confusing and contradictory, they are actually harmful and destructive to the people viewing them," she said.

Activist and actress Jameela Jamil, who started a petition earlier this year to encourage Instagram to ban harmful weight loss posts, is asking for them to be stopped altogether. After all, teens are not the only people affected by these messages. A 2016 study of USadults ages 19 to 32 found that high use of social media is linked to an increased risk of body image concerns and eating disorders among users, regardless of gender, race and income level.

Of course, ads for commercial diet products are not the only posts that lead people to believe in an unrealistic standard of beauty. There's a whole world of negative diet culture out there in every medium, so this is a baby step. "Instagram and the larger team behind this policy know their new policy isn't a fix," says Gerrard. "Technologies generally can't fix social problems."

It's up to every individual, therefore, to recognize that diet culture is problematic, and to realize that we don't have to wait for Instagram to do something about it. Social media platforms, after all, simply show us more of what they think we want to see. When we search for posts about diet and weight control, Instagram will continue to fill our feeds with ads in these categories. So users (and parents or guardians of users) must manage content along with social media companies. (If that means checking your teenager's Instagram account, it may be time to sign up.)

If social media has become harmful to your self-esteem (or is affecting your teenager), it's vital to reduce the amount of time you spend scrolling, or to begin to curate a different online experience by following accounts that make you feel good about yourself and unfollowing influencers who promote unrealistic standards of beauty.

The real change we need is a societal shift to end diet culture. And, while social media platforms can help, that's beyond any policy that Instagram can implement.

The Washington Post 2019

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After receiving a devastating diagnosis, Graham Johnson wanted to follow in the footsteps of one of his footy idols and make abig difference.

Mr Johnson, of Munno Para, was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of MND amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and given between 12 and 24 months to live.

The West Coast Eagles fan knew straight away that he wanted to use his experience to help others.

Ive got an enormous amount of respect for (ex-AFL player and coach) Neale Daniher and what he does for MND so I was thinking why cant I do that myself and why dont I raise some money, Mr Johnson, 62, says.

I know it wont help me but it might help someone further down the track with a lot more research into it.

The more money that we can put into research, hopefully itll give people a better future and more treatment options.

Mr Johnson hopes to raise at least $10,000 for MND research and dreams of meeting Mr Daniher or attending the Big Freeze event next year.

Obviously hes been diagnosed as well but hes turned a negative into a positive and Im trying to do exactly the same thing, Mr Johnson says.

Id love to go to the event at the MCG or even just meet Neale.

ALS causes constant tremors, muscle weakness and extreme weight loss from muscle atrophy.

There is currently no cure for MND and limited treatment options.

Mr Johnson hopes his fundraising will help others who are diagnosed with the disease in the future.

Its my way of turning a negative situation into a positive one, he says.

I know in my mind Im doing something good and it keeps me positive and keeps my mind off whats going to happen.

Ive also offered myself up for any assessments with student neurologists because its a very rare disease and they dont get to see it very often.

Despite his symptoms, Mr Johnson still tries to run each morning and stay active.

He plans to organise a fun run or walking fundraiser while he still has relatively good health to bring more awareness and funds to MND research.

I suppose it is a legacy and its something I want my grandson to look back on down the track, Mr Johnson says.

Unfortunately I probably wont be here to see him go to school but I want him to know that I did something really good in the last time in my life.

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