Este tipo de fotografías es muy popular en Internet y las personas las utilizan para mostrar sus avances mientras luchan contra algún tipo de desorden alimenticio.

Pero Lexie Louise, una bloguera de 21 años, quiso cambiar esta tendencia.

Analizó sus fotos y se dio cuenta de que estas imágenes pueden resultar negativas para otras personas que luchan contra un desorden o que pueden enviar un mensaje negativo acerca de su cuerpo, indicó The Huffington Post.

Los trastornos alimenticios son enfermedades mentales. Un ‘antes’ ni siquiera puede explicar como se siente de verdad”, explicó.

#BoycottTheBefore I have an article that will be published on the sister website of @neda soon that discusses this in more detail. I'll share it when it's posted but wanted to share some now. ((I don't intend to shame anyone who has shared their recovery photos. I'd like to offer different perspectives because it's important to open the conversation rather than assume everyone is on board. I hope those who disagree can speak kindly and non-judgmentally in return.)) For those in early recovery especially, our eating disorders can tempt us to compare numbers or sizes, or even make us question, "Am I sick enough to receive help? Because that person seems to need it more than me". That can be very harmful when it comes to this. These photos also solely show physical growth. It is a huge misconception still that those who have eating disorders must be physically underweight to be considered struggling. It reinforces a misconception that you can see who is struggling. The truth is: we aren't telling the whole story through these photos, even with our captions. There are people in recovery who don't feel comfortable sharing their photos at all. And there are also people in recovery who simply cannot relate to having any shocking physical changes. Overall, though those of us who can share these photos are praised for sharing them and may be creating short term change, we are feeding into the misconceptions of eating disorders and sadly not making room to create real, long term change. So let’s fight back. I encourage you to responsibly share your recovery story this NEDA awareness week if you feel comfortable doing so. I also encourage you to factor in other people – those in recovery and those whom we are trying to educate. And I encourage you to use the photo pictured on the left as your “before” photo if you want to support this project. We are so much more than comparison photos. We are strong, resilient warriors and we will go against the grain and continue to fight to be seen and heard – even if that means not receiving instant validation. Like recovery, change takes time; it is a journey but it is possible.

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Estoy en recuperación. Vivo de nuevo. Estoy floreciendo. Y no tengo que demostrar que estaba enferma mostrándote mi cuerpo”.

Así que a mediados de febrero lanzó la etiqueta #BoycottTheBefore (boicotear el antes), para animar a otros usuarios a que se olviden de este tipo de imágenes y en lugar de poner una fotografía de su apariencia en el pasado, escribir “soy mucho más que una foto de antes”.

Eliminé mis fotos de ‘antes y despues’ de todas mis redes”, escribió Louise en una publicación. “Bueno, porque me di cuenta de que soy mucho más que una fotografía de comparación”.

Más de 1.000 personas se han unido a la campaña.

Beautifully said. 👏💜 #Repost @bsydney96 ・・・ As many of you know, February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month. I honestly wasn't going to post this year. Because every year, I go searching back through old "sick" photos to find a before and it does nothing but hurt me. But after speaking with people that I trust and then finding @soworthsaving 's new campaign… I decided to say something. I am SO much before than a before photo. You are SO much more than a before photo. We're so much more than photos in general. Because we aren't our bodies. My body probably did change this year. And I'm not always okay with that. But that isn't what's important right now. What's important is that I've gained self worth and happiness and pounds of laughs. And I hope you have too. And I hope we can all see the beauty in the world and that the light at the end of the tunnel is just you finally seeing your own light shine bright. #boycottthebefore #nedawareness

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Thank you for sharing. Keep fighting 💜💪 #Repost @tabithamorris_ ・・・ Before #NEDAweek wraps up I want to say why I'm boycotting the before. People with eating disorders, no matter how close they are to the other person, no matter how supportive, have the tendency to compare themselves to one another. Everyone's recovery looks different, everyone's trough looks different. Making the "before" a competition to see who was the "sickest" or "smallest" or the "worst off" is so easy to do and is such a toxic string of comparisons. I was orthostatic, osteopenic, and anemic with a heart 15 counts too slow. My hair was falling out, I bruised very easily, my Russell's sign left scarring, and I had trouble getting up without having extreme dizzy spells and collapsing. I was not "x" pounds. I did not have the idealized body or one that is conjured up when you think of an eating disorder. I was not "thinspo" material. Size has no correlation to the severity of an eating disorder and I #boycottthebefore because pictures from the lowest point in my life do not do any justice and do not need to be exploited in the name of recovery. Awareness does not need to be coupled with competition and my intention will never be to invalidate people of any body type fighting the same fight.

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On international woman's day I wanted to echo the words of two very brave and inspiring women, @cupcakesandcardiology and @soworthsaving as well as thank them for helping me shift my view and shake off shame of my changing body in eating disorder recovery. ✨It is common in the recovery community to post transformation pictures before and after/during recovery; I have some of myself on my account as well. But there is a new movement that supports looking forward & outward instead of backward.✨When I was sick, I bought into the idea that I was never skinny enough, that I had to look emaciated to validate my struggle, that my body had to have shock value to count, that I had to look as ill as I felt inside. ✨ the unfortunate thing is, tho well intended, transformation photos can perpetuate this myth that there is a textbook appearance of an ED sufferer. As these two brilliantly put it these photos of myself and others at our lowest weights "fixate on the physicality of the illness, which not only trivializes but triggers it. Typecasting eating disorders and recovery, these photos foster competition within the community, create stigma, and impede recovery. They tell sufferers and bystanders alike that you have to look a certain way to have an eating disorder…" ✨ these photos also make me feel as if my identity lies within my appearance, and that Erica X amount of pounds ago is another person entirely. But I'm the same Erica, just at a different point in her life journey. I still hold the same values. I still experience insecurity in my body. I have he same punny, quirky mind. I gained weight, yes. But whether I look better or worse or healthier or fatter is completely beside the point. Recovery is not that 1 dimensional. ✨It is not helpful to compare journeys. It leaves too much room for the cruel inner self to tell us that we "recovered wrong," gained too much weight in the progress, didn't lose enough weight in the illness etc. ✨those among you who are my true friends, who really love me, who I really mean anything to will embrace me as my body is, was, and will be, because you'd rather see me happy than hurting, no matter my size. #boycottthebefore

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Incluso, Iskra Lawrence, reconocida modelo de “tallas grandes” compartió su propia fotografía.

(This post is regarding Eating Disorders & recovery NOT the fitness industry / or weight loss) . Please read before passing judgement as this is NOT me telling you NOT to post before and afters or diminishing the achievements and accomplishments of those who are proud of their journeys. I love seeing people celebrating how far they've come and totally get why (myself included) choose to post before and afters. . But let's open the discussion….. #BoycottTheBefore was started by @soworthsaving and I'm so proud to be part of this movement. . I myself have felt the pressure to post before and after pics to validate that I too suffered… but that's not right. We do not need to prove that we struggled, we do not need to feel like anyone may have struggled more or less because maybe there before and after photos aren't as "dramatic". It's not even about that, it's always about how far you've come so @boycottthebefore is here to celebrate YOU right now! To celebrate how far you've come and maybe how far you still have to go – there is no perfect recovery & everyones is completely unique. . I do however want to say I'm not against posting before and afters, I have done so too and will be keeping them up. However this is also a really great message and I hope to see lots of of you tagging me in your pics (I've shared pics of those who tagged me just swipe to see)… I'm forever inspired by the recovery & bopo communities and I'm grateful for every single person who empowers each other and shares their beautiful unique spark with us all. . To read @soworthsaving blog post about this movement go to @neda or #NEDA #everyBODYisbeautiful (bikini is @aerie) No makeup no retouching #aeriereal

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