Over- Usage of Facebook Might Lead to Eating Disorders Among Young Girls
Yael Latzer, Zohar Spivakc and Ruth Katz, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, the University of Haifa, made a remarkable observation that over-usage of Facebook by adolescent girls might lead to various eating disorders and negative body image. The eating orders include bulimia, anorexia and excessive dieting.
The researchers surveyed 248 girls in the age group of 12 to 19 with an average age of 14.8. Information about their television and Internet usage. The girls also told their approach to bulimia, slimming, general perception on food, sense of self-empowerment and physical satisfaction and dissatisfaction. It was observed that the more time these girls spent on Facebook the greater they suffered from anorexia, bulimia, negative physical image, physical dissatisfaction, negative approach towards eating and more desire to take up weight-loss diet. This effect is similar to viewing programs like “Gossip Girls” which are related to gossip and leisure.
Another fact that was observed during the study was that the media exposure and the sense of self-empowerment were linked to parenting practices. When the parents are involved in the media usage of their daughters then the girls show more personal empowerment which protects them from eating disorders. On the other hand, when there is no parental involvement then the girls have low self-empowerment, leading to many eating disorders. Thus, the study shows that parents can prevent many fatal behavioral and eating disorders in children.