Instagram announced that it will increase resources for patients with eating disorders on its social platform. If a user searches for labels or content that may be related to eating disorders, the company will direct the user to visit the resources or help lines provided by the National Eating Disorders Association (or NEDA), as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.
Instagram said that at present, it is trying to obscure the potential triggers in search results, and it does lead people to general crisis support, but it should now direct users to resources designed specifically for eating disorders. Instagram also stated in the blog that if someone tries to share content related to eating disorders, or “if friends are worried about what they see and want to provide support, Instagram plans to display resources.”
This update is similar to the one announced by TikTok earlier today. However, unlike TikTok, Instagram does not seem to point to diet-specific resources like it used to, although they have been shown in the regular list of helplines. Currently, searching for content related to eating disorders will take you to a list of general help lines, including not only NEDA, but also the National League for Mental Illness, Veterans Crisis Line and Trevor Project.
However, Instagram’s screenshots suggest that the support button will specifically point people to NEDA contacts, rather than just show them the entire list of available help lines.
As part of its “National Eating Disorder Awareness Week” program, the company also stated that it plans to work with community leaders to publish “a scroll that encourages positive body image, counteracting weight discrimination and harmful stereotypes” and shows that all bodies are What is worth and what is deserved is worth celebrating. According to the post, this is the third time Instagram has processed content on NEDA week.
Instagram has tried to regulate eating disorders in the past, and social networks often appear in conversations about negative body image and perception, especially among young people. Although a higher resource priority may not help solve self-esteem problems after using the website, it should help people in distress and vulnerable get help from experts more easily.