FACEBOOK USERS MORE PRONE TO DEVELOPING EATING DISORDERS, STUDY FINDS

Science daily provides featured research on scientific study published by Professors Yael Latzer, Ruth Katz and Zohar Spivak, of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa. These researchers examined the effects of two factors on the development of eating disorders in adolescent girls. The two factors included exposure to media and self-empowerment. The Study tested a group of 248 female subjects ranging from ages12-19, asking each subject to take part in a survey regarding information relating the subject’s internet and television habits. As well as questionnaires examining aspects related to the subject’s general outlook on eating and their sense of personal empowerment, etc. The study furthermore concluded that the chances for the development of a negative body image and various eating disorders increases with the increased amount of time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook. Some such eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and exaggerated dieting.

This article is essential to my research on Eating disorders. It concludes that Facebook, a highly populated site frequently used by almost nearly all-adolescent girls, is major contributor of social media to the increased rates of eating disorders in America. While the study also promotes a confirmed solution for prevention of this rising issue in America, the role of involvement of parental authority in monitoring of an Adolescent girls site visitations. The article is a useful piece including scientific research for a study performed that confirms the argument for which I’ve proposed; the effects social media has on the rise of eating disorders in America.

University of Haifa. “Facebook users more prone to developing eating disorders, study finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 February 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110207091754.htm>.

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