Social media often provide a stereotypical image of the ideal body, whether muscular for men, or very slim for women. A recent study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine found that this stereotype may cause a variety of eating disorders in the general population, which is associated with increased risk of increased use of social media.
Eating disorders in this study are meant to be either hyperthyroidism or a lack of eating, such as anorexia, or deliberately vomiting food after ingestion, or severe edema.
According to the study, people who fall within the 25% most commonly used social media face a twice as high risk of eating disorders.
The researchers emphasize the need to investigate the signs of eating disorders in family members, which they may see themselves. Other studies have shown that excessive use of social media is associated with an increased risk of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.
It is worth mentioning that the study did not establish a relationship between cause and effect between the follow-up of social media and eating disorders, it is not clear whether the follow-up means of social communication is to increase the risk of eating disorders or the reverse is true, but is just a link needs to be interpreted to conduct More studies.