The well-documented rise of image and video-sharing platforms such as Instagram has created a vast space for engaging with strangers' cooking and dining experiences. But along with all the #foodporn and #eeeeeats on your smartphone, there are also hidden dangers, especially for teens.
A body image survey conducted by a major women's magazine in 2014 revealed that, after looking at images on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, 64 percent of women felt worse about their bodies than they did before. For impressionable young people, this self-esteem dip coupled with the spate of #cleaneating content online can lead to dangerous, sometimes life-threatening, behavior.
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"Health bloggers can be unqualified and offer dangerous advice," nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert told the Guardian. "Not all of them want to impose their lifestyle on others, but lots of them do and they often give advice on clean eating with no scientific backing. The books come along, the products come along, and these people are now role models whose every word will inspire impressionable young people. I have clients who think they have to be vegan to be successful."