Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa Brownstone

Second Advisor

Johnny Kim

Third Advisor

Keiko McCullough

Fourth Advisor

Amanda Greene


Binge eating disorder, Comment sections, Instagram, Pro-recovery social media


As the internet and social media have become a more ingrained part of everyday life, online eating disorder pro-recovery communities have become a common topic of examination in the psychological sciences. However, there has been little focus on online binge eating disorder (BED) pro-recovery communities specifically. Additionally, there has not been much exploration into the use of comment sections as a part of pro-recovery communities. The current study used codebook thematic analysis to code ten BED pro-recovery Instagram comment sections to examine the interactive data present within this recovery community. Four themes were developed during analysis: detailed self-disclosure, sharing experiences and feeling seen, gratitude for account owner’s expertise, and diet culture and weight stigma as both ingrained and intentional. This analysis painted a nuanced picture of how pro-recovery social media sites function and portray BED recovery and has implications for both clinical practice and future research.

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Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Caitlin Roe


Received from ProQuest

File Format



English (eng)


83 pgs

File Size

6.3 MB


Counseling psychology