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Teen Girl Instagrams Anorexia Recovery, Shows Social Media Isn’t Always The Worst

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Social media can be a terrible hotbed of brutal #proana sentiments and triggering nonsense. The internet can be an unhealthy world for sick girls to retreat to where eating disorders are glamorized and encouraged. Apparently, it doesn’t have to be like that and social media can be a nice thing. One instagram at a time, this rad teen proves the internet can be used for good and that recovered life is way more positive than the throes of a disease like anorexia.

Antonia Eriksson, also known as Eatmoveimprove on Instagram, is a Swedish 18-year-old fitness blogger. Clicking around her instagram shows lots of snaps of delicious food porn of both the healthy and decadent variety, selfies of the happy and fit Eriksson and other typical Fitness Guru snapshots. Despite what could seem like the typical triggering and counterintuitive fitspo, Eriksson’s instagram is true fitness-inspiration.

If you go through 15 months of Eatmoveimprove, you’ll find the following image:eating disorder recovery

That’s a picture of Eriksson’s hospital bed from the beginning of her eating disorder treatment. Starting from that picture, each photo is part of a visual representation of her recovery from anorexia to fitness guru. She is body positive, healthy and probably the most refreshing Fitspo personality online.

Here are a few thoughtful quotes from Eriksson, who has come a long way since 2012:

On internet thinspo:

“The thinspo accounts did affect me while I was sick. When I got into recovery I stopped following all those accounts, but before I got to that point I found it affected me a lot. They are made to make girls feel awful about their bodies and they often succeed. It was those accounts that ‘helped me’ starve myself and stay sick.”

On keeping her account from being triggering:

“I’ve always been quite strict about sharing, about what I share and don’t share. People ask how much I weigh or how many calories I eat, and I won’t talk about that. I don’t want to share numbers because I know that triggered me, and I don’t want that to be what my account is about.”

Knowing the line between Fitspo and Thinspo:

“I do post progress pictures, and that took me awhile. But followers were asking how my workouts were going so I decided to share more progress pictures – but I’m quite careful there too: I don’t talk about my body like I do about my progress. It’s not how I look, it’s how much energy I have or what I can lift in the gym.”

The struggles communicating with admirers who have the wrong idea:

“I’ll tell people off when they ask me how to lose weight. Me losing weight was me almost losing my life. You shouldn’t ask me how to do that. That’s like asking me how to commit suicide.”

That’s how fitspo is done.

Eriksson is an insightful and inspiring chick, it’s amazing that you can see the timeline of her recovery through social media and more amazing that you can see how well she lives as a recovered person.

Read more about her here and make sure to check out her instagram.

via Stuff//Image via Instagram

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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    This is great. When I first started reading this I was afraid that this girl had transferred her thinspo account into the more innocuous sounding “fitspo” account, but I’m glad to see that isn’t the case. I do think that it’s a LITTLE odd to Instagram your hospital stay, particularly when you have just been admitted, but clearly social media is helping, rather than hurting her, as she recovers. Wish her the best.

  • Kay_Sue

    If I could suggest one change, it would be to say “see how she lives her life as a recovering person”.

    Much like addicts and folks with mental health issues, this isn’t something that goes away. She’ll need to be cognizant of her thinking, self-talk, triggers, and self-perception for the rest of her life. Recovered sounds more final than that to me.

    A very inspirational and impressive story.

    • Kelly

      That’s very true. I started recovery 15 years ago. It never goes away. It’s something one has to deal with for the rest of their life.

    • Joanna Rafael

      It seemed to me that she referred to herself as recovered and I wanted to respect that!

    • Kay_Sue

      That makes sense. As someone that’s struggled with disordered thinking (not about food), one of the hardest parts to come to terms with is the constant vigilance that you have to have for the rest of your life to make sure that you don’t fall backwards again. But I can see respecting the way that she views herself.

  • AlbinoWino

    I know I might get some hate on this, but sometimes I feel like the greater issue is just in general on how much attention we pay to weight, especially for women. I don’t think we shouldn’t be able to talk about our bodies but I just feel women spend SO much time on it and that’s what hurts us the most. I guess she can inspire people by living in a fit and healthy way. That’s inspiring and all but posting pics of your body all the time just seems a bit counterproductive to me. If she suddenly became overweight in the eyes of some, would people stop following her? Would she be less of an inspiration then? We should applaud progress but sometimes it seems people who suffered with anorexia are still struggling with how to be ok with themselves so they still feel the need to document everything they eat and their exact fitness. Sometimes it feels like you’re trading one strict diet/exercise regimen for one not quite as bad. I have always been on the skinnier side and I just feel awkward when people ask me how I maintain my weight and what not. The only thing I ever think is, why is everyone else so damn concerned with my body?