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Some Facebook Activities Tied to Body Image Problems

Some Facebook Activities Tied to Body Image ProblemsA new study suggests “appearance exposure” on the Internet is linked to body image disturbance among adolescent girls.

Researchers discovered a link between specific Facebook activities and body image disturbances, but not overall Facebook use.

In the article, researchers Evelyn Meier and James Gray, Ph.D. identified an association between Facebook time spent on photo activity and poor body image among adolescent girls who internalize a thin ideal physique. That is, girls who believe their “ideal self” is someone who has a thin body, and are currently unhappy with their physical looks and body size.

Poor body image is related to lower self-esteem, and a focus on wanting to change their body to be, usually, thinner. It can be a symptom of an underlying or budding eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia.

The authors discuss the implications of these findings for eating disorder prevention programs and understanding the impact of social networking sites.

“Given the connection between eating disorders and body image distortion and dissatisfaction, it is important to identify contributing factors in this particularly vulnerable group,” said the journal’s editor, Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.C.I.A.

“By identifying these factors, we can move towards designing more effective prevention programs.”

The article is published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

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Some Facebook Activities Tied to Body Image Problems

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Some Facebook Activities Tied to Body Image Problems. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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