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October 7, 2013

Social media fuel dangerous weight-loss goal

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“I would say, ‘Well, I’m not that bad.’”

Her therapist, Kim Callaway, said she often encourages clients to avoid social media and even delete their Facebook pages.

“It’s not uncommon for people to be on Facebook talking about what they ate today, posting pictures of their meals or writing about how they’re 10 pounds lighter than they were a month ago,” Callaway said.

“The ability to be instantly connected to everybody and see what they look like and see them blog or talk about what they are eating and what they do for exercise — this makes it a lot more difficult for those with eating disorders,” Callaway said.

The National Eating Disorders Association is fighting back with its own site, www.Proud2BMe.org, which promotes positive body image and encourages healthy attitudes about food and weight.

Sara is getting better after about four months of treatment at Castlewood. She’s moved out of the treatment center to an apartment, though she still gets outpatient therapy.

“I want to recover,” she said. “And I don’t want this to be my life anymore.”

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