Why Body Hashtagging Has Got to Stop Now

…And it’s complicated because sometimes tags that seem benign or even positive, such as #Health or #Fitspo, are attached to photos that actually depict or describe unhealthy practices. “People will throw those tags on to make it seem like a behavior is normal or innocuous,” Alexis Conason, Psy.D, tells Yahoo Beauty.“But they can be trying to mask or normalize whatever it is that they’re doing.”

Another issue is that the online community of “friends” aren’t really your friends, and they can encourage people to do things that are actually negative. For example when followers provide tips on extreme dieting or rigid workouts that can lead to unhealthy consequences. “If you were to express negative body thoughts or unhealthy goals to a trusted friend or family member, chances are they’d call you out on them if they were worried about you,” Conason says. “But online, people tend to goad each other on without thinking about consequences.”

From Yahoo Beauty https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/why-body-hashtagging-has-got-to-stop-now-161300331.html

Dr. Alexis Conason

Dr. Alexis Conason

Dr. Alexis Conason is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her office is conveniently located on the border between the Upper East Side and Midtown East neighborhoods of Manhattan. She specializes in the treatment of overeating disorders, body image, and psychological issues related to bariatric surgery. She also treats people struggling with sexual functioning, depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, relationship issues, and other psychological issues. Please contact her to see if she can help you.

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