Ann Clin Case Rep | Volume 7, Issue 1 | Review Article | Open Access

Influence of Social Media on Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescents and Increasing Risk of Developing Eating Disorders: A Systematic Review

Aranha-de-Macedo Patrícia1, Ochoa Francisco Nataniel2, Cantieri Francys Paula3, Rizzo Deyvid Tenner de Souza4, Palácio Diogo5 and Aranha Ágata2*

1University of Lisbon, Hospital de Santa Maria, Portugal 2Department of Sports Sciences, Exercise and Health, Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University, Portugal 3National Postdoctoral Program of Capes (PNPD) with incentive from FACEPE, University of Pernambuco, Brazil 4Federal University of Grande Dourados – UFGD, FAED, Brazil 5Department of Sports Science, Adolescents and Health Promotion, Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University, Portugal

*Correspondance to: Aranha Ágata 

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Abstract

We always had the concept of perfect images – society has always influenced the way people should look, so body dysmorphia due to social beauty standards has always been around. These perfect images seem to have a deep impact in the adolescent’s relationship with their body thus leading to maladaptive behaviors: Restrictive dieting, excessive exercise and vomiting. Since the main source of these rule models resides in social media it was mandatory to further explore the part of social media in body dissatisfaction and eating disorders among teenagers. By reviewing 12 different papers about body dissatisfaction, social media and eating disorders we attempted to further explore this complicated relationship and to reunite information that indeed corroborates the theory that social media has a deep impact in increasing numbers of eating disorders among adolescents. After our search review we concluded that there is a positive association between social media, body dissatisfaction in teenagers and eating disorders. Plus, this phenomenon is being increasing in numbers for a few years and it peeked after COVID-19 and the lockdown.

Keywords:

Adolescents; Body dysmorphia; Social media; Eating disorders

Citation:

Aranha-de-Macedo Patrícia, Nataniel OF, Paula CF, de Souza RDT, Diogo P, Ágata A. Influence of Social Media on Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescents and Increasing Risk of Developing Eating Disorders: A Systematic Review. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2022; 7: 2144..

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