Instagram is one of the world’s most popular social media platforms with more than 700 million active users. The app can be used for many things, including connecting with friends, keeping up with your favorite celebrities and promoting your business. One thing that many people don’t realize that Instagram can also do is to help people suffering or recovering from their eating disorder improve their recovery process. If you or someone you know is suffering or recovering from an eating disorder, read on to learn more about how Instagram can help.

Supportive Community

Many people who are in recovery for an eating disorder turn to the platform to post photos of healthy meals, great life experiences and motivational messages. Users who use the social media network to post recovery photos can find each other online and help support each other through the process. Many people recovering from an eating disorder benefit from companionship and friendship with someone who understands their experience with the eating disorder and the struggles they experience as the work through recovery. Thanks to Instagram, these people can connect, share supportive, helpful information and encouragement when things feel tough.

Healthy Meal Ideas

Many people who use Instagram during recovery use it as a food diary or to document healthy meal ideas. This means that Instagram can serve as inspiration for healthy, delicious meals that will help nourish your body and make you feel good. Instagram can serve as a healthy cookbook — but you get beautiful photos of the food as inspiration, too!

Anonymous Platform to Voice Struggles

Recovering from an eating disorder is hard. And, it can be hard to talk to close family members or friends about fears, challenges, and thoughts during the process. Luckily, Instagram offers a certain degree of anonymity, which allows people to express their concerns and struggles without feeling ashamed or hesitant. Instagram can be a great outlet during recovery and a place you’ll likely find voices experiencing something similar who are willing to offer advice and encouragement.
If you’re recovering from an eating disorder, consider signing up for an Instagram account to document your experience. You may find that it’s a healthy and helpful outlet while you heal and you may just make some friends along the way as well.