Zara McDermott has vowed to change her social media content after learning it “provoked” people with eating disorders.
BBC Three viewers split after watching its new documentary, and many fans were quick to describe the show as “deafening”.
The former Love Island star, 25, appeared on BBC Breakfast on Friday to discuss the devastating effect social media posts from influencers can have on young people with eating disorders.Read:TV Tonight: Daisy May Cooper’s Twisted Comedy Is A Weird Treat | the television
‘I have a responsibility’: Zara McDermott vows to change her social media content after learning it ‘provokes’ people with eating disorders
Zara told anchors Charlie Stait and Tina De Healy: ‘I was so sad when I walked off the show because of my weight, you know, I wasn’t the youngest girl out there, but I was perfectly healthy but unfortunately the trolls decided to tell me I was too big.
Then I went on my own health and fitness journey and lost some weight as a result.
I didn’t suffer from an eating disorder myself, but I knew there was a huge demand for weight loss content, so I was just posting without knowing the harmful effect it was having on my followers. I was only fulfilling the requirements for this content.Read:EastEnders spoilers – first look at Alfie Moon’s ‘wedding’
‘I also have a responsibility, it’s kind of a tightrope because I want to share my life but I have to be conscious because millions of people are watching,’ Zara explained.
When asked about the “harmful effect” on her followers, Zara replied: “We know that social media does not cause eating disorders but it can have a significant impact on the development of my posts and many other influencers. Someone who eats mayhem at some point.
“It’s hard because I want to share my life. I’m still passionate about eating healthy but it’s about finding that balance in life.”
She explained her feelings now when posting revealing bikini pics: “I think occasionally quite but it’s all about not making it your whole profile on social media, it’s about body image and showing who you are and the things you like, not just how you look.”
I guess even though I thought I was ready for it, nothing can prepare you for those conversations. It’s very rare to sit down with the most vulnerable people in society and think about it so it’s been really eye-opening and it’s changed my view of myself and the content I put in and also I don’t think I knew exactly what my trigger points were but now I do.Read:**SPOILERS** For Next Week’s Episode Of WWE SmackDown
The opening: The former Love Island star, 25, appeared on BBC Breakfast on Friday to discuss the devastating impact influencers’ social media posts can have on young people with eating disorders.
When asked what she would do moving forward, she said, “For me, I’ve learned not to let someone mimic exactly your lifestyle, exactly what you eat in a day, what exercise you do because you may not believe it but people do what exactly mimics your lifestyle.”
So don’t post things like what I eat in a day, don’t post rigorous training regimens that people can imitate.
It’s kind of a tightrope because I want to share my life but I have to be conscious because there are millions of people watching what I do and I don’t want to turn on someone who’s really vulnerable so it’s about finding that perfect balance.
“I mean I think 99% of the comments were positive, there was always that 1% saying something because it’s such a controversial topic and a social media influencer on the subject would always have that.”
Opinions: Zara’s BBC3 documentary about disordered eating has viewers divided after it aired on Tuesday
Zara’s documentary about disordered eating split after it aired on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter to share their immediate thoughts, many fans were quick to criticize the show as “silent” and “impressive,” but others praised the Love Island star for realizing she was part of the problem and wanting to fix it. “
In her documentary, Zara investigates the devastating impact of social media influencers’ posts on young people with eating disorders, with the star herself learning her own Instagram photos have been ‘raised’.
For the documentary, Zara spoke to a number of young adults who struggled with eating disorders, reflecting on how social media can have a negative impact on their body image and mental health.
But the show got mixed responses from fans, with some praising it for highlighting such a difficult issue, and even acknowledging that its health and fitness content may have contributed to the problem.
Others, however, were quick to describe the show as “tone deafening,” with some, who have previously suffered from eating disorders, admitting that the show was difficult to watch.
Opinion: Taking to Twitter to share their immediate thoughts, many fans were quick to criticize the show as “deafening” but others praised the Love Island star
Someone tweeted: “Just watched Zara McDermott’s documentary on eating disorder. It was the courage and strength of the young people who shared their experiences that set me apart.
“The contributions from professionals throughout have been insightful, too.”
Another added: ‘I really hope every influencer, or anyone with any kind of following, watches Zara McDermott’s documentary on @bbcthree. Things need to change.
A third tweeted: ‘Just watched a BBC documentary featuring Zara McDermott and it was heartbreaking to see so many young people, pre-teens in some cases, being ashamed of their bodies.
All credit to Zars for acknowledging she could be part of the problem and wanting to fix that. Shame on the body is disgusting.
“What a heavy doc Zara McDermott says,” one fan wrote.
TW on eating disorders ofc. I can’t believe “meanspo” stuff exists. I cried a lot at that – a reminder that social media isn’t real and influencers need to be very aware of who their audience is.
Important: Some have praised it for highlighting such a difficult issue, even acknowledging that its health and fitness content may have contributed to the problem.
One fan also tweeted: “Overall, I think Zara McDermott’s documentary is well made and fair play to explore how social media and influencers can exacerbate an eating disorder.
“I’ve definitely found some influencers who have raised in the past and opening up the discussion is very important.”
However, one viewer tweeted: “Watching Zara McDermott’s documentary #DisorderedEating and having some mixed feelings.
“It’s helpful to address the impact of social media but the whole conversation is about how to play that content while still showing the same content on the show.”
One viewer also shared: “Oh, the phasing out is amazing. This Zara McDermott documentary makes me want to throw my couch at the TV. It’s so intense, not to mention utterly deafening.”
Angry: Others, however, were quick to describe the show as “tone deafening,” with some, former sufferers of eating disorders, admitting that the show was difficult to watch.
In her BBC3 documentary, Zara looks at the incredible rise in Meanspo sites, where young people sign up to be told they are ‘fat’ in order to ‘inspire’ them to lose weight.
She revealed that within minutes of creating a TikTok account, she was bombarded with posts promoting anorexia and “skinny influencers.”
Zara said she wants her new documentary to encourage social media platforms and other influencers to tackle the problem and not “perpetuate” eating disorders.
This came after she previously revealed that she was ‘devastated’ when people with eating disorders told her her weight loss posts were ‘sensational’.
The star said she never worried about her body or counted calories until cruel trolls called her a “fat whale,” which led to her weight loss.
She then documented her three-stone weight loss with photos shared on Instagram in 2020, but was accused of For sensationalizing anorexia and eating disorders with her publications.
She told The Sun: ‘I was so sad to hear that.
The upset: It came after she previously revealed she was “devastated” when people with eating disorders told her her weight loss jobs were “exciting.”
I didn’t know where to go from there, because I don’t want to hurt anyone and it’s very easy for anything you post to be misunderstood.
I didn’t know if I would stay off social media completely, but I think all I can do is learn, listen, and do my best.
Zara said she was speaking to teenage patients at the Schwinn Clinic Newbridge in Birmingham during the shoot, which changed her view in her social media posts.
The TV personality said a young man told her she was “beautiful” before she lost weight and that her posts could be harmful to young women with eating disorders.
She admitted it was “hard to hear” and said she felt “really upset” afterward, but said influencers had a “duty” to be responsible for their content, saying she never wanted to make the same mistake again.
If you require help or support with an eating disorder, please contact the Beat on 0808 801 0677 or visit www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk.
Upset: The former Love Island star (pictured in 2020) said she never worried about her body until cruel trolls called her a “fat whale,” which led to her weight loss.