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Social media associated with disordered eating in young adolescents

December 4, 2019

New research suggests that social media, particularly platforms with a strong focus on image posting and viewing, is associated with disordered eating in young adolescents.

In the study, which is published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers examined data on 996 grade 7 and 8 adolescents. Behaviors related to disordered eating were reported by 51.7% of girls and 45.0% of boys, with strict exercise and meal skipping being the most common.

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