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"Social media is an advertisement for the superficial extroverted self" Hozier

"You're damned if you're too thin and you're damned if you're too heavy. According to the press I've been both. It's impossible to satisfy everyone and I suggest we stop trying." Jennifer Aniston

"The mass audience doesn't want to see you if you aren't perfect. If you don't look a certain way, have big pecs and great skin and perfect eyes. And it's unfortunate because kids are growing up with body image dysmorphia because not everyone is represented on the big screen." Chris Pine

Statistics

Boys VS Girls

    90-95% of people diagnosed with anorexia are WOMEN (The media and body image:if looks could kill. M.Wykes,2005)
    95% of people with eating disorders are ages 12-25(thewiredhomeschool.com)
    51% of teenagers ages 13-17 use social media(growingwireless.com)
    59% of children by age 10 are on social network sites(dailymailreporter.com)

    According to a 2015 commonsense.org study, 45% of girls in comparison to 24% of boys “worry about other people posting ugly photos of them online”
    28% of girls while 9 % of boys “have edited photos of themselves before posting” (“Teens’ Body-Image,”2016).

More Information

These websites connect you to further information on eating disorders, personal stories and the effects of social media

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National Centre for Eating Disorders

This site discusses the power of the media and its impact on various categories including eating disorders

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Shape.com

Celebrities share their stories of struggling with eating disorders

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Time.com

This article likens social media to a "toxic mirror"

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thefitfatale.com

A girl shares her personal story of struggling with body image

What Can You Do?

While this is an issue that is still a work in progress, as a society we have begun to push aside these beauty and body standards. Trends in advertising, such as the Dove soap campaign, have embraced body positivity and demonstrated it through the sale of their products.