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I commented on the thread

and I got an email saying that there was a reply, but the link is invalid and my profile does not show that post, even though it showed it last night.

I hope I didn't violate any rules with my comment. I read the board etiquette rules and every thing I said was from what I learned from a qualified instructor at a health class at school.

Not only did I work really hard on my post, I was so excited to be talking about living healthy because a lot of girls think that less food = less pounds. It is so much more than that, and I was so excited to be able to talk about it.

I'm a little confused why the thread and comment was deleted
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We moved that thread to a staff-only area because a) we have some rules and protocols here around discussing weight loss -- especially anyone advising it's something any young person, do, particularly one reporting such a low weight already -- without supervision of a physician.

That's simply a big part of us doing our job as a responsible health organization, but also has to do with what we feel comfortable having here around weight loss, period. As I stated in my response in that thread from when it was posted, weight loss questions are not something we answer here, but always refer users to discuss with a qualified, in-person healthcare professional.

So, sorry about that -- and sorry we forgot to just close that thread in the first place, so no one could reply if they missed my statement in there saying this wasn't something we do here -- but as our registration guidelines make clear, we can move or remove posts anyone makes here at any time, for any reason. That's something we try to avoid as much as possible, but is something we need to do sometimes to keep things sound around here.

[ 10-26-2013, 03:33 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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Hi Sarcastic!

I saw your post and replied to it earlier, and I guess another volunteer thought it was a good move to move it to the locked threads board, which means it's hidden. I think that was probably a good call. Here's the reply I gave you earlier:

Hi SarcasticHeroine,

I really appreciate your trying to help out fierceturtle with their question, but as we're not nutritionists we really can't confirm or check that any of that is sound. Which is why Heather directed them somewhere else.

There's also a politics of weight loss that means that it will vary a great deal for different people what is helpful, what is harmful... most often than not we deal with people who have real struggles with body image, so we try not to engage them in talking about dieting but conversations about body image. Dieting advice is something that can be got somewhere else.

I personally do appreciate your focus on ensuring that if weight-loss is someone's aim that they do it safely.

But again, Scarleteen is not the place to do that given how ill equipped we would be to ensure the information given by users like your self are accurate. It can also take away from the limited time we do have for responding to people with sexuality questions.

Welcome to Scarleteen anyway! Feel free to stick around for anything that's a bit more on-topic!

So as I say there, it's not that you did anything majorly wrong it's just that we need to stick to sexual health rather than play into dieting as something that contains a risk of being a not so helpful thing. It might be more appropriate on a different website where they might be more specialised, but we need to avoid that sort of thing here. Is that cool?

Edit: I just saw what Heather said about the user's low low weight. I missed that, so everything I said here about it not always being the best advice... multiply that by 10!

[ 10-26-2013, 03:33 PM: Message edited by: Jacob at Scarleteen ]

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