Their bone structure and body type prevents many young females from reaching their social media-influenced goals in a healthy way.
: Any parent with a teen already understands that one of the challenges of social media is its ubiquitous presence – it’s always there, not to mention readily accessible via PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
They include: : Research suggests peer influence contributes to body dissatisfaction.
Although the study found no direct connection between time spent on social media and body dissatisfaction, its authors propose that social media may be a new avenue in which youth compare themselves with others.
As with other mental health conditions, the development of eating disorders is complex.
Low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, feeling a lack of control, perfectionistic tendencies, and / or being ridiculed based on size or weight are factors that play a role.
Girls with parents who knew what their daughter was doing online and discussed online activities with them seemed to have a lower risk of eating disorders.
Conversely, girls with parents who were uninvolved with their online exposure were more likely to have negative body images and eating disorders .
Teen girls and young women post these images on their user accounts as well as share them with friends online.
The thinspiration trend has become worrisome enough that Pinterest has started posting a warning regarding eating disorders.