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The Negative Effects Of Social Media On Body Image

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According to to the National Association for Self Esteem, approximately 92% of all teen girls want to change something about their bodies. Consequently, over half of them go to extreme measures to “fix” what they see is wrong with them. All of the possible outcomes of those measures are dangerous, as dangerous as paralyzation or even death. In order to change this negative trend, we must acknowledge that teens feel too much pressure to have perfect body image. This negative message comes from social media and it can lead to diseases such as Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa.

Most of the pressure and influence is from television and social media, and this pressure causes many teens to change their bodies. Salma Al-Hassan, a teen that fell into depression from body image pressure says that she always felt the need to look perfect, and it mostly feeds off of instagram. She says it got a lot better over the years, but she was in a very dark place for a long time. In a study for the National Institute an Media and the Family, it was shown that 53% of girls age 13 wanted to change something about their bodies, and that number grew to a whopping 78% at age 17.

The main health issue coming from body image pressure is called Bulimia Nervosa. Bulimia Nervosa is when you eat a lot at once, and then take extreme measures to get the food out of your system such as making yourself throw up, or over-exercising. For example, at age 10, Pauline Hanuise got addicted to making her body
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