Talking about Social Media, Emotional Eating & Our Relationship with Food

This week I was interviewed by Jenna from Jenna Hope Nutrition. She picked some really interesting questions, which bought up topics about how social media can affect our eating behaviour, how to address emotional eating, what is intuitive eating and much more.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE

I feel quite passionate about the topics covered because they are related to my PhD and to my personal experience with an eating disorder. To begin with I wrote a mini essay (complete with scientific references) for almost every answer because the topics were really meaty – but then I changed my mind about those responses and decided to stick to the basics rather than overwhelm everyone with ‘this study said this’ and ‘this study said that’. As a psychology PhD candidate I think that evidence-based advice is very important, however, I also feel that the science can only take us so far and at the end of the day YOU are an expert on YOU.

I hope you find the interview brief and informative.

Here are some little teasers for the content.

Social media makes me feel bad - you need media literacy

Be a conscious consumer of information

Tips to take control of emotional eating

Please Pin them if you find the interview helpful and think that it would help other people who might be struggling in their relationship with food.

 

Let me know in the comments:

What is your experience with using social media? Has it been positive or has it had a negative influence on your self image and eating behaviour?

Do you need more help with emotional eating? Download my free 6 STEPS TO END BINGE EATING GUIDE.

 

 

 

31 Comments

  1. September 5, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Haven’t read the full article yet, but there is so much misinformation, scaremongering and triggers on social media. I am a strong person, but I am older and have a lot of experience, do my own research etc. Young people are more vulnerable to body-shaming and groups/individuals exhorting them to cut this, add this, exercise this way for that amount of time. I know someone who can’t participate on Instagram for example because of all the food images. I worry that I am contributing to this, whereas I am just sharing and swapping ideas. Periodically, I think about refraining from posting images of food, but it is difficult train to stop once on board.

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:44 pm

      Hi Chris. I think you make it really clear in your blog and social media that you eat the way that you do for your health and you don’t force it on other people 🙂 I have always found your posts to be very engaging and lovely. It’s a shame the person you know can’t go on instagram anymore – it’s so hard not to see photos of food or ‘bikini bodies’ though! I never like photos of girls in bikinis (even if they are my friend) because I don’t want them popping up all over my feed, but they still do!

      • September 12, 2017 / 7:10 am

        Mine too. Some are absolutely skeletal others are so muscled I don’t know how they find time to live their daily lives. Thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad we met each other in the blogging world. Ttys

      • September 20, 2017 / 10:24 am

        Some of them are positively skeletal and hard to look at if you have image problems or an eating disorder. Thanks for your kind words, Rachel, always appreciated

  2. September 5, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Social media for me can be both, it can be a great help, or it can send me deeper into a funk, I’ve learnt to try and stay away from it when I am not feeling so strong.

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      Hi Sarah. That seems like a great approach and I totally feel the same. I was hoping to raise awareness in people who might not have realised the impact that social media has on them.

  3. September 5, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Been a boon and a anchor,depends on the mood I’m in at the moment.

  4. September 5, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I think it totally depends on the kind of person you are as to whether you allow social media to affect you in this way. For me a few years ago it would have destroyed me, now it’s completely irrelevant.

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      Hey Laura, I agree. Everyone is so different and you don’t know how they would respond to a post

  5. September 5, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Social media can be a mixed bag, for me I try and stay positive and keep things in perspective 🙂 x

  6. Emily (@amummytoo)
    September 6, 2017 / 8:34 am

    I think it’s hard for me to dissect how social media has altered my opinion on various topics, including this, but on the whole I find it a very positive experience.

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      That’s interesting. I think that we are so connected to social media now days it probably is hard to tll how much (or little) it influences us

  7. September 6, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I’m terrible for emotional eating – whenever I feel down, I feel like I deserve comfort food!

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      Hi Kacie. It’s so easy to associate food with feeling better. But there are lots of other ways you can feel better when you are down 🙂

  8. September 6, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Sadly I have anorexia, social media can be a nightmare at times for me, especially those who promote weight loss and tips for losing weight etc but I know on the whole its just because its so personal to my own experiences

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      Hi Emma. Thanks for being so honest. I also had an eating disorder and I ended up having to ban myself from instagram for a few months because it was keeping me really stuck in my unhelpful thought patterns. That was before I had my blog – it would feel harder to disconnect now

  9. September 6, 2017 / 9:47 am

    I do feel that social media can make me feel bad about my own life and body image which then causes me to want to eat x

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Hi Rhian, I always wonder why that happens – because being honest I used to feel the same way- even though eating is totally counter intuitive in that situation.

  10. September 6, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Social media can be a bit of a mine field, can’t it? It can be both a good thing and a bad, in my opinion.

  11. September 6, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    It’s amazing the power social media has over our lives. Personally, it can bring me down further, so I try and have time out to keep myself feeling positive x

  12. September 6, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    I think Social Media has become too much of a part in people’s lives… And it can really affect their mental health

  13. September 6, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Social Media has such a massive impact on everyone nowadays, even though I am a plus size woman I don’t emotionally eat. I do however stay away from social media if my mental health is have a downturn as it certainly does affect me

  14. September 6, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Social media can really mess with your head sometimes can’t it! I’m lucky in that I don’t think I have too much of an emotional attachment to food though x

  15. September 6, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I have not always had the best relationship with my body and I admit there has been times when I have been living on one meal a day. Not by choice but because of extreme financial circumstances which as an effect has had a bad impact on my stomach causing issues. I love food itself though don’t get me wrong but have not always been kind to my body x

  16. September 6, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I’ve found as I’ve got older I’m not as swayed by social media.as I was when I was younger.

  17. September 6, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Like everything I try and do it all in moderation. I love food, I love to cook and I love to feed others. I also eat a well balanced diet. I tend to eay 4-6 times per day. This has helped me to keep weight off. I workout 3/wk so eating small and frequent suits my lifestyle.

  18. September 7, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Social Media can have a huge impact on us daily, I try to post positively and keep things in perspective when reading posts 🙂

  19. September 11, 2017 / 12:49 am

    I’ve been a comfort eater for as long as I can remember and social media can definitely bring it on! xxx

  20. Rachel
    September 12, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I’ve always had mixed feelings about social media. As a blogger it’s such a useful tool for promotion and connecting with your audience but it’s hard not to be influenced by things you see online! xo

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