I thought I was doing the right thing’: Zara McDermott admits she was ‘really sad’ after realising her social media content was ‘damaging’ to her fans suffering with eating disorders(Watch video)

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Zara McDermott 

has admitted she felt ‘really really’ sad after realising her social media content was ‘damaging’ to those fans who suffered with eating disorders. 

Her recent Disordered Eating documentary saw her investigate the devastating impact of influencers’ social media posts on young people struggling with eating disorders, with the star herself learning that her own Instagram images had been ‘triggering.’

And during an appearance on Friday’s Good Morning Britain 

, the Love Island 

star, 25, told how she was ‘confused’ by the reaction having the ‘opposite effect’ for her followers, telling the show: ‘I thought I was doing the right thing.’

Zara McDermott admits people complained about her Instagram content

Upsetting: Zara McDermott has admitted she felt ‘really really’ sad after realising her social media content was ‘damaging’ to those fans who suffered with eating disorders

Speaking with Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway, Zara spoke about the link with social media posts and eating disorders, adding that she’d become more conscious of wat she uploaded online in the wake of her BBC show.

She explained: ‘We know that social media doesn’t cause eating disorders but it does play a factor in the development or exacerbation of someone’s eating disorder.

‘I’ve actually changed my Instagram content around since I made the film, that’s actually why I wanted to make the film in the first place because I wanted do a deep dive into myself and the culture that I’m embedded within.’

When asked when she realised she was putting the wrong stuff out, she responded: ‘I was getting a lot of messages people saying the content is having the opposite effect and was damaging them.’

Shock: Her recent Disordered Eating documentary saw her investigate the devastating impact of influencers’ social media posts on young people struggling with eating disorders, with the star herself learning that her own Instagram images had been ‘triggering’

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The reality star went on to reveal her upset when questioned how it make her feel, saying to the presenters that she had initially thought she was doing the ‘right thing’ by sharing her figure and her diet online.

She said: ‘It’s really really sad. At first to be honest at first I was confused because I didn’t really understand, I thought I was doing the right thing, I thought I was doing good by what I was posting.

‘But actually I think it took a lot of guts to actually sit there and lay myself bare and say I’m happy to listen to criticism.’

I thought I was doing the right thing’: during an appearance on Friday’s Good Morning Britain, the Love Island star, 25, told how she was ‘confused’ by the reaction having the ‘opposite effect’ for her followers

Change: ‘I’ve actually changed my Instagram content around since I made the film, that’s actually why I wanted to make the film in the first place because I wanted do a deep dive into myself and the culture that I’m embedded within’

Zara’s words came as she recently vowed to change her content on social media after learning it ‘triggers’ people with eating disorders. BBC 

Three viewers were left divided after watching her new documentary, with many fans quick to slam the programme as ‘tone-deaf’. 

The star appeared on BBC breakfast 

last Friday to discuss the devastating impact influencers’ social media posts can have on young people struggling with eating disorders.

Realisation: ‘It’s really really sad. At first to be honest at first I was confused because I didn’t really understand, I thought I was doing the right thing, I thought I was doing good by what I was posting

Facing the truth: ‘But actually I think it took a lot of guts to actually sit there and lay mysel

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f bare and say I’m happy to listen to criticism’

Fashionista: Zara looked fabulous in a metallic shirt, pale grey skinny jeans and black heels during her TV appearance

Zara told presenters Charlie Stayt and Tina De Healy: ‘I was sadly trolled quite badly when I came out of the show because of my weight you know I wasn’t the smallest girl there but I was a perfectly healthy weight but sadly the trolls decided to tell me I was too big.

‘I then went on my own health and fitness journey and lost some weight as a result of that.

‘I wasn’t suffering from an eating disorder myself but I knew there was a massive demand for weight loss content so I was just posting not knowing the detrimental impact it was having on my followers. I was just meeting the demands for that content.’

When asked what the ‘detrimental impact’ was on her followers, Zara responded: ‘We know that social media doesn’t cause eating disorders but it can have a huge impact on the development so essentially posts of mine and many other influencers could have triggered someone eating disorder at some point.

Zara McDermott discusses what she’ll do differently on her socials

I have a responsibility’: Zara’s words came as she recently vowed to change her content on social media after learning it ‘triggers’ people with eating disorders

Zara explained: ‘I also have a responsibility it’s a bit of a tightrope because I want to share my life but I have to be mindful hat there’s millions of people watching what I do’

‘It’s tough because I want to share my life I’m still passionate about eating healthy but it’s about finding that balance in life.’

She explained her feelings now on posting revealing bikini pictures: ‘I think every once in a while totally but it’s all about not making it your whole social media profile, it’s about body image and showing your personality and the things you love, not just how you look.

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‘I think even though I thought I was prepared for it nothing can prepare you for those conversations.

‘It’s very rare you sit down with the most vulnerable people in society and reflect on it so it was really eye opening and it’s changed my view of myself and the content I put out and also I don’t think I knew exactly what the trigger points were but now I do.’

Opening up: The star appeared on BBC breakfast last Friday to discuss the devastating impact influencers’ social media posts can have on young people struggling with eating disorders

When asked what she’ll do moving forward, she said: ‘Essentially for me I’ve learnt not to allow someone to emulate your exact lifestyle, exactly what you’re eating in a day, what exercise you do because you may not believe it but people do what emulate exactly your lifestyle.

‘So not posting things like what I eat in a day, not strict workout regimes that people could copy.

‘I also have a responsibility it’s a bit of a tightrope because I want to share my life but I have to be mindful hat there’s millions of people watching what I do and I don’t want to trigger someone who’s really vulnerable so it’s about finding that perfect balance.

‘I mean I think 99% of the feedback has been positive, there was always going to be 1% that say something because it’s a controversial topic and a social media influencer taking on th

Opinions: Zara’s BBC Three documentary on Disordered Eating has divided viewers following its broadcast last month

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