Published On: Sat, May 14th, 2016

Regular social media use can develop eating disorder

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A new research study has revealed that ‘Excess use of social media for example Facebook, Instagram or YouTube can direct to an eating disorder, and body appearance concerns amid young adults.

Eating disorders involve anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and further clinical and mental health problems where people have a deformed body image and eating order.

Jaime Sidani, who is the lead author of the study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the US, stated that “We’ve long known that exposure to traditional forms of media, such as fashion magazines and television, is associated with the development of disordered eating and body image concerns, likely due to the positive portrayal of ‘thin’ models and celebrities,”

Sidani further added that “Social media combines many of the visual aspects of traditional media with the opportunity for social media users to interact and propagate stereotypes that can lead to eating and body image concerns,” The findings were cited in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The researchers recruited 1,765 US adults, with the age of 19-32, employing questionnaires to conclude social media employ. The questionnaires quested regarding the 11 much eminent social media platforms at the phase, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn. They cross-referenced those findings with the consequences of further questionnaire that employed set up screening tools to evaluate eating disorder danger.

The researchers discovered that the participants who spent much of their time on social media all through the day had 2.2 times the danger of accounting eating and body appearance concerns, evaluated to their peers who spent less time on social media.

Contributors who accounted used social media much often all through the week, had 2.6 times the peril, evaluated to those who used social media rarely.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.