Facebook linked to anorexia

21 Mar

Fashion magazines and the media have led many young women prone to developing body image issues and eating disorders.  A new study conducted by the University of Haifa suggests that Facebook might be a new culprit for low self-esteem.

Photo by Marco Paköeningrat

A press release on the study said, “The results showed that the more time girls spend on Facebook, the more they suffered conditions of bulimia, anorexia, physical dissatisfaction, negative physical self-image, negative approach to eating and more of an urge to be on a weight-loss diet. Extensive online exposure to fashion and music content showed similar tendencies, but manifested in fewer types of eating disorders.”

The study was conducted by professors Ruth Katz, Yael Latzer, and Zohar Spivak from the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences.  They examined how self-empowerment and exposure to the media affected 248 girls between the ages of 12 and 19 in developing eating disorders. 

Franca Sozzani is the editor in chief of Vogue Italia magazine, she blames Facebook and other websites and blogs as a rising reason behind eating disorders.  “The more time you spend logged in Facebook the more chance you have to become anorexic. Reading the article it looked like the social network was guilty of showing virtual role models that girls tend to imitate,” said Sozzani on her blog.

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