Facebook Causes Eating Disorders!
So get this! The more a teen a girl is "involved" in Facebook, the higher the risk of having "negative body image, and developing eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia" and "dissatisfaction with their figures and pursuit of a weight-loss diet," this is according to a new study released by the University of Haifa.
So what are they saying? Facebook gives you eating disorders and bad body image?
Turns out that it's actually a good thing when your parents limit your time on Facebook. The study showed that girls whose parents were more involved in their lives and limited their online time, were less likely to have these kinds of eating disorders.
Sure, a lot of things might affect your body image, looking at fashion and music videos on the internet seemed to show a similar effect on girls, but NOTHING seemed to have as strong a connection with them and their negative body image than Facebook use.
Now I've got a few questions. Does Facebook give you low self-esteem and eating disorders? Or do people with lower self-esteem and eating disorders tend to be drawn to Facebook?
The only way to cure this sounds corny... it's called personal empowerment. Seems that girls who were given messages of personal empowerment or felt empowered, were less likely to have eating disorders and didn't spend too much time on Facebook.
If a teen isn't getting messages of personal empowerment at home, where can they get it? School? Friends? Turns out you're doing your friends a favor when you help to personally empower them and make them feel good. You're helping with their eating disorders (if they have one). Maybe someone should invent the Teenage Personal Empowerment Body Image Healthy Diet or The Facebook Diet. I think I could make a fortune with those ideas.
But for now we're in a crisis... A crisis of teen self-esteem! We need to boost everybody's levels of personal empowerment and the best way I know how to do that is by watching Mr. T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool!
Don't you feel better about yourself now? More empowered? Now go out there and face the world knowing that you are awesome and that Ryan Reynolds thinks you're hot.
Do you think that Facebook gives teens lower self-esteem or can fuel eating disorders? How much time do you spend on Facebook? Do you feel personally empowered after watching Mr. T's video? Let us know in the comments below.