Almost every day when I log onto my social media accounts, I see tweets and statuses about someone's weight struggle. I see whether or not it was a good day, if they went to the gym, how much they ate, or how disappointed they are about themselves. Why does everyone think it's okay to put their weight loss progress on social media?
Some of these people are my good friends, and I encourage them with their goals in real life. For those who I don't know as well, my hand gravitates towards the "unfriend" button - which I wish I could do for my good friends as well.
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Honestly, it makes me feel uncomfortable the amount of emotion and detail people put into these statuses. I don't log into Facebook to see this. I feel like these are private issues that should be kept to yourself or the support group you have in your life, such as your friends, family, dietitian, Weight Watchers, etc. I would understand if these people didn't have support from their friends and family, but for a good amount that do it, I know they do.
I'm okay with an occasional update, I'm happy for a friend who reaches their weight loss goal at the end of the summer and wants to share her success on her social media. But it's too much and too personal when there's a daily update that is highly detailed on Facebook.
It seems that the people who post these weight updates have low self-esteem, which is linked to their weight struggle. They are clearly seeking affirmation from others, but I don't understand why they're seeking it from the 600 or so "friends" they have on Facebook as opposed to their friends in real life.
I'm not saying that I don't struggle with my weight, fitness or self-esteem, but I also don't seek attention from sources that are outside my close circle. If I need support, though, I call my mom or vent to my friends. Do you think it's okay to post personal weight issues on social media? Do you expect it when you log in?