Trigger Warning: The following article mentions eating disorders.
TikTok is basically where we get informed about what’s happening around the world. It is what the cool kids call a “woke” platform. Be it politics, societal issues, hacks, etc. TikTok covers almost everything.
The videos uploaded by users on TikTok usually go by certain guideline checks and are then finally posted on the platform. If the videos go against the platform’s policies and guidelines, the post gets removed or restricted.
For a long time, people have been posting random videos related to eating disorders. These videos have a chance of popping up on people’s For You pages and can negatively affect them or trigger them.
Keeping in mind the hazardous effect these videos can have, TikTok has now updated its policy guidelines. These updates have been made regarding eating disorders in order to fight against the spread of misinformation about food and nutrition.
It’s not the case that the people at TikTok just woke up one day and decided to update their policy guidelines. This came about as a result of observation of promotion of eating disorders by several users and after consulting certain experts.
TikTok has now decided that it’ll be taking down or removing content revolving around eating disorders. Not that it didn’t use to do that earlier, it did, but now it would be done with careful consideration.
As per the Houston Chronicle, trends on TikTok, like “What I Eat In A Day,” promote misinformation about eating disorders and nutrition. In such videos, users deprive themselves of basic nutrition for weight loss which could influence other people.
The Wall Street Journal exposed TikTok for allowing such content, which can lead to people developing eating disorders. Such content includes mention of anorexia, binge eating, etc., which can lead a person to develop various health problems.
One New York-based facility specializing in treating eating disorders, Simona Therapy, says that such videos “encourage people to lose unhealthy amounts of weight through advice and challenges.”
This step taken by TikTok is being highly appreciated and will prove to have a positive impact. We would like everyone reading this to remember that they’re adequate and perfect as they are and shouldn’t give in to unhealthy practices like these.
If you struggle with an eating disorder or are aware of someone who is, don’t shy away or feel afraid to ask for help.
Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website or contact NEDA’s Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also receive 24/7 Crisis Support via text (send NEDA to 741-741).