Social media can be an inspiring place. Where did we discover new brands, styling tips and travel recommendations before Instagram? Now there is a whole world of advice and insider knowledge available for free with a scroll of the thumb. But there are downsides to everything, and when it comes to Instagram, the impact it can have on our own body image is one of the biggest.
Katherine Ormerod, influencer and author of the book Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life, and Alex Light, body confidence influencer, join host Charlie Gowans-Eglinton in the recording studio.
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Journalist and influencer Light may preach body confidence on her Instagram page, but her own was hard fought. Having struggled with an eating disorder, she now uses her platform to promote anti-diet body acceptance, often sharing her own spin on the usual weightloss before and after pictures - Light's show her at her lower, unwell weight alongside her current healthy, well weight.
In the episode, she speaks about recovery, dealing with trolls, and why she sees herself as an ally of the body-positivity movement, not a leader of it.
Having penned the book Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life, you might imagine that Ormerod would be avowedly anti-apps. Instead, she shares advice for finding a balanced way to use social media platforms without negatively impacting your own sense of worth or body image. For her, the engaged communities that Instagram has helped her to find - like the digi-clique she found when she became a new mother, and was searching for advice and support from women at a similar life stage - are worth persevering for.
In the episode, she talks about her relationship with social media, and her reaction to potentially damaging comments on how she looked after she recently (and inadvertently) lost weight due to illness.
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