A new study concerning the relationship between Facebook and dieting shows how social media can contribute to poor body image and risky dieting by young women.
128 college aged women were surveyed online about their emotional attachment to Facebook, and their eating habits. They were asked how much time the spent on the site and the number of Facebook friends. They were also asked if they had compared their bodies to friends’ bodies in photos.
The greater the emotional connection to Facebook, the more likely women were to compare their bodies to the pictures of their friends, and attempt risky dieting.
Research also showed that women who did not compare themselves to friends on the site were less concerned about body image or dieting.
The study by the University of North Carolina School of medicine was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, in the August issue.