By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
I’m pretty into posting my food choices and recipe ideas on social media. In fact, I’m on social media nearly every day talking about my favorite meals and sharing photos of what’s on my plate!
These days, there is so much sharing happening on social media about food options and beyond. How does this affect our health? A new report from the Royal Society for Public Health out of the United Kingdom polled almost 1,500 teenagers and young adults ages 14 to 24, asking them questions about some of the most popular social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube) and how they feel the platforms impact their health and well-being. In particular, they asked about sleep, anxiety, social support, fear of missing out (FOMO), body image, bullying, and more. Responses were mixed — for example, people on average found Instagram to be helpful for self-expression and self-identity but harmful for body image and FOMO. Overall, YouTube had the biggest positive impact on health and well-being, followed by Twitter and Facebook (although overall, these two platforms had a negative impact).
Of course, there are certain things you can keep in mind when posting and interacting on any social media platform that may help you have a positive experience — especially when it comes to food, weight management, and body image. So go ahead and give these tips a try!
Follow responsible sources. With so much information out there, it’s hard to know who to trust, and fake news can be unnecessarily upsetting. Follow and connect with sources you know that properly vet the info they share, such as Weight Watchers and Food & Nutrition Magazine, a publication of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that shares articles and recipes from registered dietitians across the U.S.
Find your tribe. Having a supportive go-to group online may help your weight-loss efforts! One way to do this is by interacting and sharing your ups and downs with other Weight Watchers members on the Connect platform.
Post what you’re proud of. Impressed with yourself for cooking up a delicious and Weight Watchers–friendly meal? Post it, and sit back and enjoy all the encouraging comments that pour in!
What are your favorite ways to post about food and your Weight Watchers journey on social media? Tell me on Connect @amy_gorin!
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