Category: Effects of Social Media

Social media significantly impacts eating disorders and body image issues, especially among young people. Platforms like Instagram and TikTok promote unrealistic beauty standards through edited images, leading to body dissatisfaction and negative self-comparisons. This can cause feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, increasing the risk of eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating.

Social media also perpetuates diet culture, with influencers and ads promoting weight loss and fitness, reinforcing the idea that thinner or more muscular bodies are superior. This can encourage unhealthy eating behaviors.

Conversely, social media can support those struggling with body image through body positivity movements and recovery-focused content, offering validation and resources. While social media can negatively affect body image, it also has the potential for positive influence when promoting recovery and diversity.