Registered Instagram Fitness Influencers

Registered Instagram Fitness Influencers

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Kassandra Kolbeck started this petition to Instagram and

My name is Kassandra Kolbeck and I am a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Kinesiology. Growing up as a dancer I faced many body image issues and even suffered an eating disorder myself. It wasn't just the immediate pressure I was receiving from the dance world to change my image but also the rise of social media platforms such as instagram that drove me to want to change my body dramatically. This is why I am reaching out to you today. Instagram has become an overwhelmingly strong platform for individuals to post what they would like. Although this is amazing and powerful for many, it also has caused some misguided information to be posted. As someone who overcame an eating disorder and body image issues my goal is to help educate others on how to make healthy lifestyle choices and how each individual is different. Many individuals have jumped on the trend of being a "fitness influencer". Although it is great to see people post about fitness and nutrition many of this information is misguided or just what works for this individual without any real knowledge on the information they are posting for others to see. This is causing people, especially the younger generation to hop on to unhealthy trends or perform certain exercises the way they see it posted with incorrect form leading to injury. I want to see change. I want people to know where their information is coming from and to know what individuals are educated in what they are posting. This is why I propose that those pages who want to be considered "fitness influencers" have to register through instagram with their certification ID number. This could include any certification needed for nutrition, personal training, exercise specialist, fitness educator, etc. Just like a blue check is placed on a celebrities page there could be a different indicator of those with actual credentials and certifications so people know these individuals are educated on what they are posting. I am not saying to get rid of all the other fitness pages that are unregistered. I am just suggesting to make the official ones known and recognized. Instagram is a great platform for change and this is one I am passionate about and would like to be a part of.

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