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Eating Disorders: The Negative Impact Of Social Media

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Lastly, social media has a negative impact because it can create and encourage mental disorders. It claims “… Fiona Bawdon, a legal journalist, reports on the connection between images of unrealistically thin women in the media and the high rate of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders in girls and women”, as well as “But the final piece of the jigsaw is the social context… Add the media, which celebrate impossibly skinny bodies over all other types, and numbers of sufferers are bound to increase”, and lastly “’You can immerse yourself in this world of other people who have the same exaggerated focus on an unachievable body-image’ says Guarda. ‘The more you look at this stuff, the more likely you are to… increase your preoccupation with…show more content…
However, seeing things like this will exterminate your self-esteem and that is something teens desperately need in today’s society, so they know that when people give undesirable and unnecessary comments about your body and judge you, they can brush it off as if it were nothing. The media will make you hate your body. In addition, we know that the younger generation is constantly on their phones and social media almost all day every day. They are perpetually exposed to these harmful standards that they feel they need to fill. While they scroll through their feed, they will catch glimpses of photos similar to the pictures that started all of this. It’s imbedding the idea of “You have to be skinny or else you’re not pretty” or “She’s so skinny, why can’t I be as small as her? I bet my crush would like me if I looked like that.” Many teens use this as a way to validate themselves and to feel good enough. It gets inside of their heads, and at this point, it’s no longer just “I want to be skinny”. It’s “I have to be skinny”, and many girls and boys take unhealthy measures to get there. Sometimes their addiction is beyond coming back from, and you have a horrible case of
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