Maintaining a healthy body is not the same as simply being skinny, contrary to what many money driven schemes will have you believe. Supporters of a healthy body image are rejoicing over Instagram’s new regulations regarding posts that are associated with inappropriate weight loss programs and cosmetic surgery. With the rising concern of the affects that diet products have on the youth, certain posts will be restricted from users under the age of 18, and posts advertising magical weight reduction programs will be deleted.
The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil said the change is a great step forward in the push against the diet and detox industry. She also criticized public figures that make such diet products seem appealing, such as the Kardashians and rap artist Cardi B.
A huge win
“This is huge news,” tweeted Jamil. “After a bunch of shouting, screaming, and petitioning… we have managed to get the attention of the people at the top, and they have heard us and want to protect us. And this is just the beginning of our efforts. As of now, if you’re under 18, you will no longer be exposed to any diet/detox products, and for all other ages; all fad products that have bogus, unrealistic claims will be taken down and easy to report. I’ve been working with Instagram all year towards this, who were amazing to deal with, and they expressed that they passionately care about creating a safer space for us all online.”
Users will have the ability to report posts that they consider to be a breach of the new regulations, and Instagram will assess them and choose if they should be blocked or removed. Facebook (owner of Instagram) will also adopt the same policy.
The post limitations will apply to users who are below the age of 18, but the platform doesn’t request users to supply their date of birth upon sign up. They will just have the option of ticking a box that says whether or not they are older than 18. Signing up via Facebook means that users’ birthday info will be recognized, although these details don’t need to be properly verified either.