will destroy the world might give you an eating disorder.
Or at least it'll raise the risk of one, especially if you're a teenage girl. A study performed found a direct link between the social networking site and the likelihood that it will promote an unhealthy desire to be thin.
That's no good!
The source had this to say about the study itself:
"The girls, with a median age of 14.8, were asked about their TV-watching, Internet and magazine-reading habits. Regarding television, the girls were queried about whether they watched popular shows that present an extreme focus on Barbie doll-like “beautiful, voluptuous and thin” women. They also filled out questionnaires on their desire to be thin, satisfaction (or lack of same) with their bodies, weight and eating."
And the results:
"The Haifa researchers found that there was a direct connection between the extent of their Facebook involvement and a greater number of eating problems. The more they were on the social network, the more they were likely to suffer from bulimia (eating a lot of food and then vomiting it) or anorexia (starving themselves), dissatisfaction with their figures and pursuit of a weight-loss diet."
It's suggested that parents make sure that they talk to their kids, especially their daughters, about what's on the internet and in the media, how to view Facebook, and MOST importantly, to instill in them proper self esteem, empowerment, and body image!
We totally agree!!
Every young person needs that self esteem, and they're all beautiful in their own and unique ways! That might sound cheesy, but it's absolutely true!!
If U have an eating disorder, don't hesitate to get help!! It could be incredibly dangerous, and there will always be people there for U!
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