By Ashley Welch, Everyday Health
Sara J. weighed 84 pounds at 5' 6" when her heart stopped beating at the height of her anorexia two years ago. Now, at a healthier, more stable weight of 110 pounds, she still struggles, but is learning to cope with her imperfections on the path to recovery. But there's one thing that instantly triggers that familiar, nagging feeling of not being thin enough: When she searches the Internet and sees pro-eating disorder images and messages widely circulated on social media sites.
A quick search of hashtags like #thinspiration or #thinspo on social sharing sites such as Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr yield countless photos of severely thin, often emaciated bodies or body parts that are overwhelmingly female. Many of the images also contain words or phrases meant to "inspire" those viewing it to become thinner, such as "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" and "Remember fatRead More »from The Dangers of Social Media: How #Thinspo Promotes Eating Disorders