Eating Disorders

Social Media’s Influence on Eating Disorders

Hello everyone, as you might already know I changed the niche on my blog and want to focus on current issues that many people deal with in their daily life, including me! I’ll be a sociology student next year at university so I believe focusing on that crucial topics will not only help me to widen my perspective, but also a lot of people will realize they’re not the only one who is dealing with that issue. On today’s blog post I’ll mention how social media has a huge impact on eating disorders.

Comparison

Nobody disagrees with how social media changed our lives in a good way, such as researching whatever we wonder at the moment or an article to study for an exam. Yes, social media has a lot of positive sides but that’s not the point of this post. Social media has a huge power on society, even it has an impact on eating disorders. In the 21st century, mostly women started to compare their body, the way they live and their outfits by looking at other people’s profiles on the internet. 

Let’s look at the numbers according to the 2016 Social Media Update by Pew Research Center, these numbers shows that social media is more influential than we realize:

  • 69% of adults use at least one social media site
  • 81% of millennials check Twitter at least once per day
  • Snapchat has 161 million daily, active users
  • Over 400 million snaps are shared on Snapchat daily, and 9,000 photos are shared every second
  • 22% of the world’s population uses Facebook, with 68% being U.S. adults
  • More than 200 million people use Instagram Stories every day
  • 32% of teenagers consider Instagram to be the most important social network

Social media can be of great comfort to some people with eating disorders by giving them a connection to others who understand and can relate to their struggles.

Lower Self-Esteem

Research has shown that viewing “thinspiration” or “thinspo” images inspirational” (pictures of extremely thin bodies) results in a lowered caloric intake and lower self-esteem. When a person sees a thin and fit woman’s photo on the internet she immediately starts feeling bad about her body. Social media a huge impact on lower self-esteem. It is reasonable to believe that frequent use of social media does affect how a person views themselves. 

My Story

No one other than my family really knows what I’ve been through these past 1.5 years. I haven’t realized that I’ve been struggling with an eating disorder. It all started with cutting sugar and then carbs. I cut out eating bread, anything with flour in it & obviously stopped eating fast food. At first, I thought I was doing the right thing for my body. I was approx. 57 kg that time. In 1 year I lost 10 kg which is a lot and it wasn’t actually necessary because I’m 171cm tall. Last June I was 47 kg and I was feeling so stressed about my relationship with food. During summer break I gained all the weight I lost. I gained weight really fast and now I’m actually not really happy about it. But the most important thing is that I’m not scared to eat carbs. I still don’t consume sugary foods but sometimes I enjoy myself with a small piece of dark chocolate which is really healthy for our body. (Check out: 10 Healthy Food You Need To Eat ) Now my main goal is to reach the ideal weight for my body and have a healthy relationship with food!

That’s all for today’s post. I hope u enjoyed while reading it. This post was really special for me because I shared my personal experience with you. I’m always open to comments & recommendations!

Sources: Google Images, Mirror Mirror, Beat Eating Disorders

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