So, I had a lot to say last night/this morning. Instead of writing it all out, I talked to the camera for a while.
To sum it up:
- I’ve been reading blogs for years, and while I’ve gained so many positives from it, there have been some negatives too.
- even if bloggers don’t realize it or don’t intend for it, their blogs influence people. If the image they’re presenting is a false one, this could cause a lot of problems for viewers who stumble across their blogs.
- I love blogging and being an active member of the HLB world. But there are a lot of issues in it that need addressing.
- It’s very easy to start a blog. There’s no screening process and there are no credentials to ensure that bloggers actually have a healthy relationship with food. So what a blogger may display as healthy, may not be.
- What works for a blogger is not the be-all, end-all of health. Do what makes you happy and healthy.
- Take everything you see with a grain of salt. If a blogger seems to have an unusual relationship with food, there’s a good chance there’s some disordered patterns there.
I’m not trying to point any fingers, it’s just an overall trend that I’ve been noticing in the HLB blog world that I really think deserves attention. A lot of blogger friends I have are amazing runners and I admire their abilities, and they recognize the need for proper fuel and do the best they can to ensure that they do so accordingly. I also have friends that are openly in recovery from an eating disorder, and make a point of saying so when they are struggling. It’s one thing to be honest that you are overcoming issues with an eating disorder and don’t always reach your goals intake-wise, it’s entirely another to portray what you are doing as healthy, normal and best for you (just realized I should have clarified that).
With that rant out of the way, enjoy your Tuesday!
<— Do you think that you’re influenced by blogs?
<— Have you noticed the same disturbing trends that I have?