1. Introduciton: (***may base research according to impact of western culture***)
    1. Background: (include defining social media and eating disorders) In America, social media has become a major part of our lives over the past few decades.
    2. Thesis/Point of view: My argument is that the ideal body portrayed through social media has aided in the rise in eating disorders within America. Over the past few decades, eating disorders have become an increasing controversial problem with young women and now an issue branching to children under age 12.
  2. Specific social media sources play a vital role in contributing to eating disorders.
    1. Which social media sources play a vital role in contributing to eating disorders? There are multiple sites available on the Internet that cause alarm for a high risk of development of eating disorders. Some sites possess a high risk than others. These sites include Facebook, pinterest, instagram, tumblr, pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites.
    2. Facebook as the most popular cite: The creation of Facebook turned Adolescent girls’ live into chaos. 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 ages 12-19, 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.
  3. Latest Fads become the major gossip on Social Media, all based on body image.
    1. The Thigh Gap: A latest fad among teen girls is the thigh gap. The impossible weight loss goal is too become so thin that there is a gap between the thighs even when the feet are together. Apparently, the wider the gap is the sexier is the person.
    2. Thinspiration: The availability of seeing pictures of friends being skinny and activities of other can create a competition amongst peers. According to one girl, “The connection breeds knowing what everyone is up to and the competition,” Meagan says. “I think eating disorders are really based off of the competition. Who can be skinnier? If so and so looks like this, I can too. And I can be better.” images and prose intended to inspire weight loss
  4. How advice blogs can actually be harmful to readers?
    1. “Pro-Mia” (pro-bulimia) and “Pro-Ana” (pro-anorexia) websites where one can view pictures of others and receive advice on how to maintain an eating disorder.
    2. Social media as a support system, the positive and negative effects. The use of social media also allows your teen or young adult to network, make friends, and inadvertently boosts their self-esteem by connecting in a positive way with others.
  5. The variety of tools available for public access aid in portraying an ideal body image.
    1. Photoshop: The public is able to crop, cut paste and edit their entire body or image to generate whatever looks one desire. People are being perceived as something they are not.
    2. Advertisements everywhere. There are numerous adds across almost any site one enters displaying air brushed models or promotions of different types of diets.
  6. Awareness
    1. What social media sites are doing? “While Instagram is a place where people can share their lives with others through photographs, any account found encouraging or urging users to embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or to cut, harm themselves, or commit suicide will result in a disabled account without warning,” –posted by representatives from Instagram
    2. What the public can do? Parent’s should be aware of what sites their children are visiting. Blocking certain sited can be bad because it can cause children to be more curious about the site, making the issue worse. The best way is to allow a child to go on sites but monitor and discuss with children about what they are on and what they are viewing. Simple discussions and lectures can create awareness and be extremely helpful with prevention.
  7. Conclusion:
    1. Summarize the facts
    2. Provide a solution
    3. State thesis
    4. Do the facts support the argument?

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