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My name is Jameela Jamil. Welcome To I Weigh Community.

Two years ago we started an Instagram account to try to create a safe and radically inclusive space on social media. A lot of us want to help others and change the world for the better, but don’t know where to start.

Activism can seem daunting. Sometimes it’s just hard and lonely. At I Weigh Community, we don’t believe it has to be that way. We believe in brick-by-brick activism, and making a difference in large numbers. We’re going to have to come together and do this as one to really shift the narrative of our society.

I Weigh Community will introduce you to new voices, artists, activists and movements. These are the people we believe we need to listen to. We are still learning, and we’re inviting you to come and learn alongside us so we can all grow together. It’s never too late to want to help and understand each other better.

This movement is so important to me, and I look forward to getting to know you all.

Jam x

Instagram Users
Instagram Users

Instagram Bans Weight Loss Content for Under 18-Year-Olds

In September, 2019, Instagram made a HUGE step towards protecting its users. For the first time ever, the tech platform will restrict posts related to dieting, detoxing, losing weight, and cosmetic surgery.

Under their new rules, posts which are trying to sell products related to weight loss will be hidden from all users under 18. And even better, posts with discount codes and claims of “miracle” results will be taken down forever.

‘We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it’, says Emma Collins, Instagram’s public policy manager. ‘This policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media”

Inspired by their conversations with experts such as Dr Ysabel Gerrard, Instagram aims to streamline the content posted on it’s platform in order to create a more positive swiping environment for it’s one billion plus users. They also worked with Jameela, who says they were supportive and helpful in response to her protests and petitions to protect young people against this harmful industry.

“Taking a stand to protect the physical and mental health of people online sends an important message out to the word,” she explained. “I’m thrilled to have been able to work towards this with them, alongside a host of other experts who shed light on the danger of these products.”

“As someone who struggled with an eating disorder for most of my youth, I’ve personally known and suffered the perils of the devious side of the diet/detox industry,” Jameela continued. “A focus of our advocacy since inception, it is a proud day for I Weigh and a day of hope for our generation, who deserve respect and protection from the celebrities and influencers that they follow”