Analysis of Eating Disorders and Social Media Impact on health

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Afza Lal Din
Iqra Javed
Neha Devi
Afsheen Mansoor
Emaan Mansoor
Mehek Khaliq
Hafiz Ali Raza


Background: The proliferation of social media has significantly altered how individuals perceive body image and manage eating behaviors, leading to increased concern regarding the potential exacerbation of eating disorders. This study explores the intricate relationship between social media usage and the prevalence of eating disorders among adolescents and young adults.

Objective: This study aims to determine the impact of social media on the health outcomes of individuals, specifically focusing on the development and intensification of eating disorder symptoms. It seeks to understand the role social media plays in shaping body image perceptions and eating behaviors.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in the regions of Punjab and Sindh, involving 550 participants over the age of 18 who were regular users of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok. Standardized questionnaires and interviews were utilized to collect data on social media usage habits, eating behaviors, body image perception, and mental health status. Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS v27.0, employing correlation and regression techniques to examine the associations between social media exposure and symptoms of eating disorders.

Results: The participant group consisted of 65% females and 35% males, with a mean age of 25.6 years. High engagement with social media was noted, with Instagram (80% usage, 2.5 hours/day) and YouTube (85% usage, 2.0 hours/day) being the most popular platforms. Significant correlations were found between social media addiction scores and various domains of eating disorders: restriction (r = 0.25, p < 0.001), binge eating (r = 0.30, p < 0.001), purging (r = 0.28, p < 0.001), and body dissatisfaction (r = 0.35, p < 0.001). Spearman’s correlations highlighted strong interrelationships among different eating disorder behaviors and social media addiction, indicating a pervasive influence across all examined aspects.

Conclusion: The study confirms a significant association between social media usage and the exacerbation of eating disorder symptoms. The findings underscore the need for targeted interventions to promote healthy body image and eating behaviors on social media platforms.

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Din, A. L., Javed, I., Devi, N., Mansoor, A., Mansoor, E., Khaliq, M., & Raza, H. A. (2024). Analysis of Eating Disorders and Social Media Impact on health. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(2), 217–221.
Author Biographies

Afza Lal Din, University of Health Sciences Lahore Pakistan

PKLI College of Nursing & Allied Health, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Iqra Javed, University of Health Sciences Lahore Pakistan.

PKLI College of Nursing & Allied Health, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Neha Devi, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro Pakistan.

Final year Student of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro, Pakistan.

Afsheen Mansoor, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad Pakistan.

Associate Professor, School of Dentistry, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Emaan Mansoor, Riphah International University Islamabad Pakistan.

Islamic International Dental College, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Mehek Khaliq, Riphah International University Faisalabad Campus- Pakistan.

M. Phil Sociology, Department of Sociology, Riphah International University, Faisalabad Campus- Pakistan.

Hafiz Ali Raza, University of Agriculture Faisalabad- Pakistan.

Institute of Agricultural Extension, Education and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad- Pakistan.


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