Social media sites remove posts/websites promoting eating disorders

According to ABC News, social media sites– Tumblr, Facebook and Pinterest–  have announced they will remove posts and websites that could promote eating disorders.

This effort is one of many that show a shift in the way the public views eating disorders, said Claire Mysko, project manager of Proud2BMe.org, a website that promotes awareness of eating disorders.

According to Mysko, the stigma around eating disorders is decreasing because more people are willing to talk about their problem.

This account correlates with the latest findings from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In their latest findings, the agency found that hospitalizations for people with eating disorders dropped 23 percent between 2007 and 2008. This is the first decline noted since the agency began tracking hospitalizations in 1999, according to the article.

However, some experts say this drop may be due to the lack of insurance coverage for designated treatment, like hospitalization, for eating disorders.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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