Thesis on Eating Disorders & Social Media Impact
The prevalence of eating disorders in teenage girls has risen over the last fifty years, epidemiological findings have indicated. Among girls 15 to 19 years old, the estimated prevalence rate for anorexia nervosa is 0.48 percent. The conditions for bulimia nervosa was fulfilled by about 1 percent to 5 percent of teenage girls. Currently, more than ever, teens are more likely to be obsessed with their weight , shape, height , body image, and diet and lose weight as a result.
Why these body image- and weight-related issues emerge is little understood. As potential risk factors for the occurrence of eating disorders, these habits have been proposed. Many scholars have speculated that in developing and intensifying the epidemic of body dissatisfaction, the media may play a central role and can thus be partially blamed for raising the incidence of eating disorders.
In a world filled by mass media (television, commercials, videos, advertising, magazines, movies , music, websites, fashion designers and the Internet), today’s children and teenagers are growing up. Staggering figures suggest that a child or youth sees up to 5 hours of TV per day on average and spends an average of 6 to 7 hours watching the different media together.