Does My Butt Look Big In This?

TW: This article mentions eating disorders.

#ana (8.9m posts)
#boxgap (41.7k posts)
#thynspiration (15,475 posts)

Welcome to some frighteningly common social media hashtags. What makes them frightening? To be such common hashtags they have to be common thoughts, and more importantly, common aspirations. The number of posts is how many there are on Instagram alone at the time of writing.

For those who aren’t aware, ana is a ‘nickname’ for anorexia. I’m not exactly sure when such a serious, debilitating illness became an inspiration for thinness, but after years in the fitness industry, I’m well aware of the dangers of the ‘when I’m skinny’ mentality that lurks in the shadows.

Having worked behind the scenes in the fitness industry, I’m well aware that this mentality can be a great selling tool. I know trainers who ‘fat shame’, gyms who angle mirrors unflatteringly, and companies who only use photoshopped models for advertising. To be honest, I’ve fallen for it myself. As a matter of fact, it was the constant search for the biggest calorie burn that led me to lifting…

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