The Dangerous Downside of the ‘Live Like Me, Look Like Me’ #Fitspo Bloggers

3716382579_233e6304b2_zI recently wrote about the problem of the “Eat Like Me, Look Like Me,” citing an excellent article in The Guardian.  Now there’s another tremendous article in a UK publication, the Daily Mail by Poppy Cross, a health and fitness blogger based in London.  Both articles point to a similar problem created by today’s “wellness warriors” who are attempting to inspire their audiences to live healthier lives.  As Poppy writes, some of these bloggers are battling a secret fitness addiction and suffer from eating disorders.

“Encouraging others to live a balanced, active lifestyle is a good thing….However, in the fitness-blog community, faked and photoshopped selfies are commonplace.  And I’m worried that they hide their eating disorders in plain sight, inadvertently encouraging their followers to do the same.”

Poppy writes about a 21-year-old fitness blogger named Celia Learmonth who has come clean about her own struggles:

“I look at other girls and think, why isn’t my life like that?  Why aren’t I on top form all the time?  That’s why I’m talking about this — because life isn’t a stream of perfect selfies.”

So true.

In the article, Poppy talks about a hashtag that followers look out for: #fitspo.  It’s similar to #thinspo — thin inspiration — which was banned by Instagram for being a signal used by girls with eating disorders who refuse to accept they are unwell.  She asks:

“Has fitness addiction become the new anorexia?”

I encourage you to read both articles and tell me what you think.


Image: courtesy of vgm8383 on flickr

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