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Spill The (Diet) Tea
On September 18th Instagram announced a new policy. The company will soon start blocking posts promoting weight loss products for all users under the age of 18.
This is such an important step because these posts aren’t providing us with the full picture. Sure the Kardashian’s have abs, but it’s probably not from the tea they’re selling us. It likely has to do more with photoshop and having money to access a personal trainer, nutritionist, chef, etc. When we only see one side of the story our ideas about ourselves and our bodies are skewed. The truth is that beauty is more diverse than what we see online and our worth as human beings is influenced by more than our looks. Self-love can be difficult to cultivate, it takes time. I hope that we see more policies like this in the coming years and months. Having a more honest and transparent social media landscape will help many people feel better about themselves.
“In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.”
Jameela Jamil, an actress from the Good Place, has been instrumental in advocating for this shift. Read her reaction and insights to this story.
Kathryn is a recent MSW graduate currently trying to #adult. She is a former mindyourmind staff and continues to work in the youth & community development sectors. In her spare time, she is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
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