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The Effects Of Body Image On Social Media

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Body image is defined as the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that result from that perception. These feelings can be positive, negative or both and are influenced by individual and environmental factors (National Eating Disorders Collaboration n.d). Today, more so than ever before, the world is connected by one thing – social media. Social media can be an amazing tool used to connect with others, share experiences and thoughts but there is a dark side to social media, where ‘idealistic’ body images are exposed. These body standards shown on social media are destroying the lives of our youth and in a sample of 20 000 Australians aged 15-19 years, almost one-third reported body image as a major concern (Raising Children Network (Australia), 2017). Numerous health issues can stem from a negative body image, these include depression, eating disorders, anxiety etc. I strongly believe there should be programs implemented around Australian schools and a more diverse range of models in the fashion industry, as well as descriptions stating if an images has been retouched in order to tackle the issue between social media and body image. It must be remembered that body image issues can result in devastating mental, emotional and physical consequences. During adolescence, young people are usually concerned with how their body looks and social media makes things even worse with the display of unrealistic bodies. With these images being
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