Social Media and Body Image

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If your daughter has a tendency towards perfection, a recent study has revealed that the impact of social media on women could include an increase in negative or obsessive thoughts about appearance.

A study conducted by Florida State University and published by the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that a group of women, who were asked to browse Facebook for 20 minutes, experienced greater body dissatisfaction than those who spent 20 minutes researching rainforest cats online.

Claire Mysko, an award-winning author and an internationally recognised expert on body image, leadership and media literacy, thinks they may have a point. “While social media is not the cause of low self-esteem, it has all the right elements to contribute to it,” she says. “Social media creates an environment where disordered thoughts and behaviours really thrive.”

Johanna Kandel, founder of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, agrees. “You cannot underestimate having conversations with your daughters – where TVs are off, phones are off, and you get to know your daughter.” It’s important that the conversation be a two-way street – even if you don’t understand her need to post that snap of her lunch, try not to judge.Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 18.31.58.png

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