Although we all like to eat (some more than others), this absolutely necessary habit can sure become harmful for our bodies sometimes. Many people are affected by eating disorders, and that’s a harsh reality that we have to deal with. TikTok aims to lend them a hand.
The Verge informs that TikTok prepares to team up with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) to initiate an eating disorder awareness week. This will also include the implementation of two features that will be providing support and resources.
Search for ‘proana’ if you need help
If you use the TikTok app and you want extra info about eating disorders, you can just type ‘proana’ (meaning ‘pro-anorexia’) or ‘eating disorder’ in the search bar. The app will respond by displaying support resources and NEDA’s phone number. A new interface will provide to the users pieces of advice on how to cope with an eating disorder. One of TikTok’s guidances says to the users that they should talk to someone they trust about the issue:
If you begin to notice that you are experiencing body image or eating concerns, reach out to a family member, friend, teacher, school counselor, or someone you trust to let them know you are going through a difficult time and would like to talk about it. Remember, you don’t have to be in immediate trouble to seek support. You could share some resources about eating disorders with them ahead of time so they are prepared.
Wikipedia informs that in July 2020, TikTok, excluding Douyin (its moniker in China), reported almost 800 million monthly active users worldwide. Even more incredible, the report came after less than four years of existence of the social network. TikTok is available in about 40 languages, and it seems to be doing a pretty good job with its video-sharing social networking service.