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Eating Disorders

For the safety and well being of our members, we do not allow public content that promotes or encourages Anorexia, Bulimia, or any other type of eating disorder. Alternatively, We do allow people to share their own experiences and journeys around self-image, healthy eating, and body acceptance.

What is Anorexia and Bulimia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder where someone avoids food while maintaining an unhealthy focus on their weight. People with Anorexia can become dangerously underweight and experience intense body dysmorphia.

Bulimia is an eating disorder where someone has recurring episodes of eating a very large amount of food, followed by vomiting or the use of laxatives to prevent weight gain.

PSA: If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with an eating disorder, we encourage you to reach out for help. You can find a list of global resources on our Eating Disorders resource page.

What is in violation of this guideline?

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Promoting eating disorders, extreme starvation, or emaciation
  • Encouraging extreme starvation or purging tactics to reach a goal weight
  • Looking for a pro-anorexia or a bulimia coach

What is not in violation of this guideline?

Examples include:

  • Pictures and videos where the person is not promoting an eating disorder
  • Speaking about personal experiences with eating disorders
  • Feeding fetishes and related content
  • Speaking about weight loss

How do I report a potential violation of this guideline?

You can report potential Promotion of Eating Disorders as follows:

  1. Visit the page with the potentially offensive material
  2. Select "...", “more”, or “options”, then select “Report”
  3. Select "Content Not Permitted"
  4. Select "Next"
  5. Add any additional information that you think is important
  6. Select "Report"

For more information, you can refer to Submitting a Report.

Who can report a potential violation of this guideline?

Anyone who comes across content they believe might fall under this guideline.

What happens if someone violates this guideline?

If we believe the content is in violation of the guideline, the content is removed.

We also reach out to the member with support resources for body-image issues or concerns.