Mirror or Mirage: Navigating Social Media’s Impact on Youth, Body Image, and Eating Disorders

Mirror or Mirage: Navigating Social Media’s Impact on Youth, Body Image, and Eating Disorders

Many young people, especially girls, are at risk of developing eating disorders due to their constant exposure to unrealistic body images on social media platforms such as TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. A recent review of 50 studies from 17 countries revealed that the widespread use of social media, which remains largely unregulated, may contribute to body image concerns and low self-esteem among users, leading to unhealthy eating habits and disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.