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Who You Follow Matters

By: Liz Gural, RD, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey

Posted on September 09, 2019

Has logging into your social media account ever upset you almost immediately? Maybe you saw an "influencer" or celebrity promoting a "detox tea" or a new juice cleanse, or maybe you received a message from an old classmate trying to sell you meal replacement shakes. So often our social media feeds are filled with these messages and posts. Seeing people you admire, trust and respect promote potentially harmful and false nutrition advice can be damaging to our own relationship with food.

Who you follow and friend on social can have a direct impact on your relationship with food. All humans need to eat food, right? Yes. Not all humans, however, are experts in nutrition. Nutrition advice given out through social media outlets is not always accurate, informative or safe to follow. To ensure your social media accounts help foster a healthy relationship with food, consider unfollowing those influencers, celebrities and old classmates who make you feel like you are doing something wrong in terms of your health and nutrition, and start following those who are shedding light on what really matters regarding nutrition: a sound relationship with food and your body.

Dietitians are the nutrition experts, and following anti-diet dietitians on social media is a sure-fire way to transition your feed from those constant negative posts, to posts that foster healthy and sound relationships with food and your body.

Liz Gural, RD, is a Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey. She has been with Renfrew for about nine months and has developed a passion for helping women with eating disorders. She is currently pursuing her CEDRD in hopes to further develop her skills in working with the eating disorder population. In her free time, Liz enjoys watching The Office and playing with her dog, Pickles.

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