Addiction to social media in teens are more prone to eating disorders

Kathleen Kinder
Kathleen Kinder

Updated · Dec 6, 2019

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Washington, D.C. [USA]: The perception that social media makes adolescents affected health issues along with their eating disorder behaviors. In scientific studies, the scientist also proved this phenomenon. With the more use of social media, young teens down a nervous path towards developing health-related issues and eating disorder behaviors. Even if they are smartphone savvy addicted, this has reported in the IJED (International Journal of Eating Disorders). Teens who have more target on posting images on social media and frequently using Instagram and Snapchat are the riskiest.

Flinders and the University of Western Australia observed in 1996 that 7 and 8 years old students on their use of Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook. Eating disordered behaviors were reported 51.6% in girls and 45.3% in boys, with regular exercise and improper diet to lose weight or avoid weight gain is the most common. A total of 75.3% of girls and 69.7% of boys have somewhat one account on social media, in that Instagram was the most common. All results calculated for those teens who are less than 13 years old. And this is the minimum recommended age for these platforms.

Dr. Simon Wilksch said that the more use of social media accounts correlated with a higher risk of thoughts, behaviors, and an eating disorder. Fundamentals of countering eating disorders are to deliver the message that capacity, beliefs, and relationships should define our happiness. If more the time the child is engaging with his social media activity, then there will be more chances of increasing eating disorder. Parents also need to pay attention to this issue to secure the child’s health. Social media seems to motivate teenagers to focus on their presence strongly. Dr. Wilksch clarifies that people need to be clear in associations between eating disordered and the use of social media in teenagers.  If social media impact would be less on teenagers, then only they can avoid eating disorders.

Kathleen Kinder

Kathleen Kinder

With over four years of experience in the research industry, Kathleen is generally engrossed in market consulting projects, catering primarily to domains such as ICT, Health & Pharma, and packaging. She is highly proficient in managing both B2C and B2B projects, with an emphasis on consumer preference analysis, key executive interviews, etc. When Kathleen isn’t deconstructing market performance trajectories, she can be found hanging out with her pet cat ‘Sniffles’.