So­cial media us­age may lead to eat­ing dis­or­ders

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

‘Had kar di aap nai’ ISLAMABAD—Ex­cess use of so­cial media such as Face­book, In­sta­gram or YouTube may lead to an eat­ing dis­or­der, and body im­age con­cerns among young adults.

Eat­ing dis­or­ders in­clude anorexia ner­vosa, bu­limia ner­vosa, binge eat­ing dis­or­der, and other clin­i­cal and men­tal health is­sues where peo­ple have a dis­torted body im­age and eat­ing or­der.

“We’ve long known that ex­po­sure to tra­di­tional forms of media, such as fashion mag­a­zines and tele­vi­sion, is as­so­ci­ated with the de­vel­op­ment of dis­or­dered eat­ing and body im­age con­cerns, likely due to the pos­i­tive por­trayal of `thin’ mod­els and celebri­ties,” said Lead Au- thor Jaime Si­dani from the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh School of Medicine in the US, a pri­vate TV chan­nel quoted the study.

“So­cial media com­bines many of the vis­ual as­pects of tra­di­tional media with the op­por­tu­nity for so­cial media users to in­ter­act and prop­a­gate stereo­types that can lead to eat­ing and body im­age con­cerns,” Si­dani noted.

The re­sults were pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Academy of Nutrition and Di­etet­ics.

The re­searchers sam­pled 1,765 US adults, aged 19-32 years, us­ing ques­tion­naires to de­ter­mine so­cial media use.

The ques­tion­naires asked about the 11 most pop­u­lar so­cial media plat­forms at the time Face­book, YouTube, Twit­ter, Google Plus, In­sta­gram, Snapchat, Red­dit, Tum­blr, Pin­ter­est, and LinkedIn.

They cross-ref­er­enced those re­sults with the re­sults of an­other ques­tion­naire that used es­tab­lished screen­ing tools to as­sess eat­ing dis­or­der risk.

The re­searchers found that the par­tic­i­pants who spent most of their time on so­cial media through­out the day had 2.2 times the risk of re­port­ing eat­ing and body im­age con­cerns, com­pared to their peers who spent less time on so­cial media. Par­tic­i­pants who re­ported check­ing so­cial media most fre­quently through­out the week, had 2.6 times the risk, com­pared to those who checked so­cial media sel­dom.—APP

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