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The Connection Between Social Media and Eating Disorders

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How Social Media Is Connected with Eating Disorders

It’s amazing that we can stay in touch with what is happening in the world through social media. But there is a huge problem that social networks cause – the wrong image of a human body. This is a topic that has been in discussion for years – due to different tools that social networks offer, people post unreal photos.

For instance, Instagram. Just find a page of any Instagram celebrity and check out the images that this celebrity is posting. She will probably have a perfect body, flawless skin without any wrinkles or signs of acne, and of course, she will be slim. A lot of women will look at these photos and think that they want to be like her too. They will decide that her image is an icon and they have to be just like her – slim, flawless, perfect.

This desire might cause huge problems. Wrong diets and unhealthy eating habits lead to food disorders. What is even worse, even after a while of keeping to a diet, some women might not lose weight due to the wrong eating habits, and that will make a situation even worse. Or the diet will work, but it will cause anorexia. 

Don’t get it wrong, social networks – not a devil in disguise, but sometimes, it can do harm. It’s important to be aware of how social media can affect your life or life of people who you care about. That way we will be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle without being impacted by what we see on most popular social networks.

Body Image 

Such social networks as Instagram or Facebook create false body images. They affect how women perceive their bodies, weight, overall appearance. Most recent researches show that women who spent time in social networks are more likely to be unsatisfied with how they look. There are more cases of bulimia, anorexia, and other cases of eating disorders among women who spend time on social networks, than among women who pay less attention to Facebook, Instagram, etc.

 


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