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.


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?

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  1. thejuicenut
    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.

  2. Sarah Bailey
    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.

  3. Laura Dove
    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.

  4. forkwardthinkingfoodinista
    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

  5. Rhian Westbury
    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

  6. Stephanie Merry
    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

  7. Fritha Strickland
    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

  8. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    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 🙂

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