Many people aren’t even familiar with the term “body hashtagging” let alone its insane prevalence on social media. Typical body hashtags include #BootyGoals, #ThighGap, #PerfectBody and are practiced not just by body-obsessed celebrities but by everyday Instagrammers and Snapchatters in their quest for the perfect physique. But just as popular as this fitness goals are hashtags that highlight insecurities over body image. Think #HateMyBody, #ThunderThighs, #FeelingFat.
In a must-read new article by Audrey D. Braschich, author of “All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide 2 Seeing Thru Celebrity Hype & Celebrating Real Beauty,” she highlights the wide-spread popularity of negative body posts on social media. In it, she cites statistics like the staggering 5 million negative beauty tweets were sent in 2014. Worse still, women are 50% more likely to tweet negative beauty/body image sentiments about themselves than positive.