“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” – and the beholder is society.

Billboards and television used to be the only places that our society learned a standard of beauty from, but now it includes Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. Filters drastically change people’s appearances to portray people as ‘perfect’ which are not based in reality.

Scrolling through Instagram it is easy to feel insecure as you begin comparing yourself to people’s picture-perfect bodies and lives. With these unrealistic standards that have been set, women are faced with a slew of body image issues and eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphia, etc.

Media’s beauty standards are unrealistic and unattainable. For anyone struggling with eating disorders or beauty insecurities, know that you are beautiful. You deserve to be healthy and loved.

Need help? There are a wide variety of eating disorder hotlines available to help depending on what your specific needs are: 

#NEDAwareness Week 2022 is an opportunity to #SeeTheChange by recognizing change within the ever-evolving eating disorders field, and to #BeTheChange through advocacy, awareness, and community building. February 21 – February 27, 2022.