Researchers have reported a “clear pattern of association” between social media use and disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. Associations occur at younger ages than previously investigated, they noted in a study published in International Journal of Eating Disorders.
“Disordered eating and social media use are both very common in young adolescent girls and boys,” Simon M. Wilksch, PhD, senior research fellow in psychology at Flinders University in Australia, told Healio Psychiatry. “Our study suggests that social media use is clearly associated with increased disordered eating thoughts and behaviors for both girls and boys.”
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