Teenage girls who use Facebook 'are more likely to become anorexic'

Date: 08-02-2011 11:13 pm (11 years ago) | Author: Teddy Gassy
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Teenage girls who spend hours on Facebook are at greater risk of developing an eating disorder, researchers warn.

A study has revealed the more time adolescents spent browsing the social network, the more likely they are to suffer from bulimia and anorexia.

A study of girls aged 12 to 19 found they were more likely to go on an extreme diet if they spent hours on Facebook.

Checking out music and fashion online also encouraged them to develop a negative self-image and have an unhealthy attitude towards food, according to scientists from the University of Haifa.

But they found the risk was moderated if parents were involved in how their children used the internet.

Eating disorders include a wide spectrum of abnormal mental and behavioral conducts related to food and body weight. Around one in 250 women experience anorexia in the UK, while around five times as many struggled with bulimia.

The latest study, led by Professor Yael Latzer, set out to examine the effects of two factors on the development of eating disorders in young girls: exposure to the media and self-empowerment.

A group of 248 girls aged 12 to 19 took part in the survey. They were asked to provide information on their Internet and television viewing habits and how many popular shows featured extreme standards of body image.

The girls also filled out questionnaires that examined their approach to slimming, bulimia, physical satisfaction or dissatisfaction, their general outlook on eating, and their sense of personal empowerment.

The results showed that the more time girls spend on Facebook, the more they suffered the conditions of bulimia, anorexia, poor physical self-image, negative approach to eating and a greater urge to be on a strict diet.

Extensive online exposure to fashion and music content showed similar tendencies, but manifested in fewer types of eating disorders.

A similar direct link was found between viewing television programmes such as Gossip Girl and eating disorders in adolescent girls.

But worried parents will be relieved to hear that their involvement can moderate the risks.

Girls felt greater personal empowerment if their parents knew what they were looking at on the web and discussed their surfing habits with them.

However, they were less empowered if their parents were not involved in their media exposure and tried to limit or ban their daughters from using Facebook.

The researchers said: 'Significant potential for future research and application of eating disorder prevention lies in an understanding of how parenting decisions can have effect on an adolescent girl's sense of empowerment and that enforcing a girl's sense of empowerment is a means to strengthening body image.

'This study has shown that a parent has potential ability to prevent dangerous behavioral disorders and negative eating behavior in particular.'

A spokesman from Facebook said: 'Young people are surrounded by photo-shopped models in magazines and airbrushed film stars, but when they spend time on Facebook they’re with their friends.

'People spend hours with their friends every day in the real world, so we’re not convinced spending time with them on Facebook makes them any more likely to have an eating disorder, particularly when the research in question has a sample size of just 248.

'Far from exacerbating self esteem problems, Facebook gives people closer contact with a network of supportive friends and family, the people this report’s authors say are best equipped to help people through eating disorders.'

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:13 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
- Pointzero at 8-02-2011 11:16 PM (11 years ago)
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will read d whole passage later..................i just stopped at paragraph 3

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:16 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- diplomatik at 8-02-2011 11:18 PM (11 years ago)
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u try..na the heading alone i reach  Tongue Grin

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:18 PM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Pointzero at 8-02-2011 11:22 PM (11 years ago)
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hahahahaha..........lol

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:22 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- diplomatik at 8-02-2011 11:23 PM (11 years ago)
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 Grin Wink

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:23 PM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- dirtykid at 8-02-2011 11:34 PM (11 years ago)
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Noted !! Thank Heaven, i don't have Facebook. I have human face.

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:34 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- diplomatik at 8-02-2011 11:35 PM (11 years ago)
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lemme see  Cheesy

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:35 PM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- guysharp at 8-02-2011 11:56 PM (11 years ago)
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u guyz shld try and read the stuff, its just a small passage with priceless info
Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:56 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- diplomatik at 8-02-2011 11:57 PM (11 years ago)
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na by force..why u no bring the short version instead of copy and paste  Huh?

Posted: at 8-02-2011 11:57 PM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- ILOVEIT at 9-02-2011 12:24 AM (11 years ago)
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no time for long tin now brb

Posted: at 9-02-2011 12:24 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- xter at 9-02-2011 12:38 AM (11 years ago)
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No waste ur talent for npals.....start writing books

Posted: at 9-02-2011 12:38 AM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- diplomatik at 9-02-2011 12:40 AM (11 years ago)
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lol..xterrrr!

Posted: at 9-02-2011 12:40 AM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- HOPEA23 at 9-02-2011 12:42 AM (11 years ago)
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[email protected] comments

Posted: at 9-02-2011 12:42 AM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- yukicares4u at 9-02-2011 12:44 AM (11 years ago)
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still reading....
Posted: at 9-02-2011 12:44 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mallorca at 9-02-2011 11:49 AM (11 years ago)
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long sheet

Posted: at 9-02-2011 11:49 AM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- vantheo at 9-02-2011 07:45 PM (11 years ago)
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Na So? Too much browsing of facebook causes eating disorder. Which disease wey naijapals dey give? Abeg scientists make una do research

Posted: at 9-02-2011 07:45 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- nowahala at 9-02-2011 09:38 PM (11 years ago)
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Hissssssssss! too long
Posted: at 9-02-2011 09:38 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- logten at 9-02-2011 09:43 PM (11 years ago)
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MAKE DEM COME NAIJAPALS.... DEM GO GET SENSE
Posted: at 9-02-2011 09:43 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- temmybabe at 10-02-2011 02:23 PM (11 years ago)
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There are some important information, so i did'nt ave time 2 read it.
Posted: at 10-02-2011 02:23 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- dareper at 3-09-2015 04:25 PM (6 years ago)
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Like serious?
Posted: at 3-09-2015 04:25 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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