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A higher prevalence of eating disorders among women under the age of 40 has been linked to…

Section I – Introduction

A higher prevalence of eating disorders among women under the age of 40 has been linked to how they present themselves on social media. People are concerned about their appearance and the impact it has on their lives. The vast majority of women today are active users of multiple social media platforms. What professional writers and other people say about them in public settings is something that they put a lot of stock in. The purpose of social media is to allow users to talk about what’s going on in their lives and share pictures with other users. When the majority of women who use social media sites lose weight, they almost always post pictures of themselves on those sites. Because of social media, many people now have the misconception that being skinny is synonymous with being lazy. They also believe that the same thing as being attractive, which is having a slim body. Girls who use social media have a higher risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia or eating behaviors such as purging. This is likely due to the way the media portrays beauty standards.

The medical and health professionals who work with people who are afraid of overeating or gaining weight are put in a position of intimidation and threat by social media. When health professionals observe the effects that social media has on young people, they develop a negative attitude toward it. You can’t get away from the media, but not everyone who is influenced by it develops an eating disorder as a result of their exposure to it. Therefore, discussing the role that the media plays in the onset of eating disorders is the topic that should receive the most attention. In the United States, eating disorders, also known as eating and feeding disorders, are a prevalent health and clinical issue, particularly among young teenage girls. Eating disorders are also referred to as feeding disorders. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), 0.8% of people under the age of 20 have anorexia nervosa, 2.6% of people under the age of 20 have bulimia nervosa, 3% of people under the age of 20 have binge eating disorder, and 11.5% of people under the age of 20 have a feeding or eating disorder. According to research done on the subject, eating and feeding disorders have the potential to result in serious health issues if they are not properly treated. In recent years, the death rate in the United States has increased, and the number of people with anorexia nervosa who have attempted to take their own lives has also increased. There are a variety of factors that, when present, increase the likelihood that an individual will develop an eating disorder. Environmental, psychological, biological, and personal factors are all included in this list of contributors. This study focuses primarily on the role that social media platforms play in the development of eating disorders in young women between the ages of 13 and 19, which, if left untreated, can eventually lead to more serious health issues.

The advent of new technologies like social media has sped up the rate at which traditional practices are being updated. Tiktok, Facebook, and Instagram are the primary forms of social media that the vast majority of today’s adolescent girls use (Meier & Gray, 2014). Others enjoy tuning in to talent shows on television, where attractive women with toned bodies demonstrate their abilities. As was mentioned earlier, young women who admire the bodies of models tend to skip meals and adhere to stringent dietary regimens in an effort to avoid gaining weight.

Statement of the Problem

When it comes to issues with eating and feeding, social media has emerged as a major source of concern. The majority of young women, particularly teenage girls, aspire to be just like the young women they see on social media platforms like Instagram and other similar sites. The vast majority of these young women ultimately looks up to the models and attempt to emulate everything they do on social media (Meier & Gray, 2014). As a result of developments in technology, people are now able to communicate with one another through the use of social media. When it comes to Instagram, a user’s popularity, as well as the attractiveness and interest of their life, is directly proportional to the number of likes and followers the user has accumulated. The primary objective of this research is to investigate the role that social media plays in the development of eating and food-related issues in young women.

The objective of the Study

The overall goal is to investigate how the image of women under the age of 40 on social media platforms such as Tiktok and Facebook contributes to eating disorders.

The study specifically seeks to investigate the following:

1. The social media prevalence of eating and feeding disorders among women under the age of 40.

2. To identify practical measures that can be analyzed and used to assist young girls suffering from eating and feeding disorders.

3. To investigate how social media has contributed to the development of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.

4. Make suggestions for possible solutions to the problem.

Research Questions

The following research questions were used to serve as the study’s critical factors.

1. What are the potential factors that cause women under the age of 40 to develop eating and feeding disorders as a result of media exposure?

2. What potential solutions can be used to assist women under the age of 40 who are heavily influenced by the media in terms of eating disorders?

3. How strong is the bond between social media and young females?

Research Hypothesis


Because of the media’s portrayal of beauty standards, women who use social media are more likely to develop eating disorders such as anorexia or eating behaviors such as purging.

H0: Women under 40 years old are more affected by social media than boys of the same age because society pressures them to be thin in order to be lovable. As a result, the majority of these young girls develop eating and feeding disorders.

Hi: Women under the age of 40 who use social media are more likely to get lost in their early lives as they try to live the lives of their social media role models.

H0: Social media and women under the age of 40 have a close relationship.

Section II – Literature Review

In this section, we examine the research that various other scholars have conducted on the same topic. It is important to compare the findings of different pieces of research in order to determine how the various aspects of the subject matter fit together. Therefore, the purpose of this section is to investigate the ways in which women under the age of 40 who use social media may be more likely to develop eating disorders. In these sections, we will also discuss potential solutions to the aforementioned health issues, as well as any other issues that may arise as a result of eating and feeding disorders.

The Relationship between Social Media and Eating Disorders 

. Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have been the primary foci of the majority of the research that has been conducted on eating disorders and social media. The majority of today’s young women use their free time to scour social media in search of novel approaches to weight loss. Both television and YouTube host a variety of eating competitions, which are among the most watched shows by women under the age of 40. Women can learn and gain a better understanding of how to have attractive bodies by watching these shows. The majority of these young girls on various social media platforms try to emulate their role models, which ultimately leads to them developing eating and feeding disorders.

How Social Media Contribute to Eating Disorders

It has been previously stated that beauty and how one looks are the most important things to focus on when using social media. The majority of young women look up to celebrities and wish they could emulate their body types. As a result of advances in technology, individuals can now obtain and view virtually any kind of information that they require. People are free to watch an unlimited number of videos and makeover programs (Smith et al. 2013). After that, the majority of young women put a lot of effort into keeping their bodies slim and attractive so that they can resemble the appearance of their favorite celebrities. Both Whites and Hispanics believe that having a slim figure is more attractive than being overweight. Asians, on the other hand, believe the opposite.

Eating and feeding disorders are common among young girls because of the pressure that society places on them to be cute and thin. As a consequence of this, there is a higher risk that young women will experience difficulties with eating and feeding themselves. One of the ways in which images shared on social media contribute to the development of eating disorders is by contributing to the creation and growth of a generation of young women who are unhappy. The vast majority of young women are dissatisfied with both their appearance and the way their bodies look. Young women frequently share photos of themselves on social media platforms like Instagram and other sites. When other women see how attractive the girls on social media are, they wish they could be like them but they know it’s impossible for them to be like them. Therefore, there is no way around the fact that social media will have an effect on the image of the majority of young women (Smith et al. 2013). According to a number of studies, as young women get older, they report feeling less and less satisfied with their bodies. When your adolescent daughter is obsessed with the idea that being a skinny friend or group member is the best way to look, it can be challenging to maintain control over her when you are a parent. Nobody publishes photos of themselves on social media platforms when they are not looking their absolute best. Because of this, the number of stunning women who maintain their slim figures on social media has a direct impact on the eating habits of young women (Rodgers et al. 2018). According to studies, concerns about one’s appearance are very challenging, and between the ages of 13 and 19, a significant increase in the yearning to be leaner can be observed. All three of Bryan, Sarah, and Tracy agree that societal and cultural influences play a significant role in the development of dissatisfaction with one’s body. The authors focus on two factors that contribute to people’s unhappiness: the diminutive size of women and the lack of muscle mass in men. Anorexia and bulimia affect seventy-five percent of females and female adolescents. People who suffer from eating disorders are more likely to have issues with their mental health as well as other negative outcomes (Bryan, Sarah & Tracy, 2017). According to the author, programs for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders should address both the dissatisfaction with having a thin body as well as the dissatisfaction with having a muscular body. A lower level of happiness with life, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression are all possible outcomes of being dissatisfied with life. To a greater extent than men, women are dissatisfied with their physical appearance; however, men are unhappy with how muscular they are (Bryan, Sarah & Tracy, 2017). Therefore, conventional ideas about what constitutes the ideal female physique need to be revised. This could help reduce the dissatisfaction with one’s body that comes from having a slimmer physique. In order to convey attractiveness, there needs to be a slow evolution in the way the body is viewed, as well as a variety of different media. This is becoming an increasingly controversial topic as medical professionals’ concerns regarding eating disorders in young girls continue to grow.

How the Image of Women under 40 years in Social Media Contributes to Eating Disorders 

Anorexia and bulimia have been shown to be the two eating disorders that are diagnosed with the greatest frequency over the years. On the other hand, other clinical classifications, such as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), are also quite common. It is impossible to avoid the fact that the media has caused young girls to be dissatisfied with their bodies and concerned about their weight (Rodgers et al. 2018). Therefore, the pictures that girls post on social media may be connected to eating disorders. One of the most important needs that mature women have is to maintain their youthful appearance. They have given a great deal of thought to how they present themselves and what they have. On social media, teenage girls will always place a greater emphasis on the appearance of other teenage girls.

According to psychological research, the primary way a person perceives him or herself when looking in the mirror is through their body image. What a person sees when they look in the mirror is of utmost significance (Ferguson et al. 2014). The culture of the media has resulted in an increase in the number of people who use mirrors. There are now more opportunities to look in the mirror thanks to the proliferation of images of women on social media. The vast majority of young women are constantly looking at the photos of other people on social media sites and comparing their own to those of others (Becker & Hamburg, 1996). Therefore, it can be challenging for young people to differentiate between the actual personalities of celebrities and sports stars and the public’s perception of those individuals. Teenagers who have a negative image of their bodies are unable to exercise control over their bodies or accept them. It is impossible to deny the significant impact that social media platforms have on eating disorders and, more generally, on how people feel about their bodies (Becker & Hamburg, 1996). Because it can lead to more serious health problems, not caring about your body is a major problem that should be avoided at all costs. As a consequence of this, it was unavoidable that the majority of people, even when they were still young, would develop eating disorders (Galmiche et al. 2019). Because of this, it is impossible to avoid the fact that social media is causing major changes in body image, which can lead to long-term and permanent problems with eating disorders. These kinds of issues can also lead to other mental health issues.

According to the findings of recent research conducted by scientists and other authors working in the same field, there is a significant correlation between the ways in which young people, particularly teenage girls, use social media and the way in which they feel about their bodies. (Derenne & Beresin, 2006). When it comes to issues with body image, the most common problems include constant self-criticism, constant body-criticism, dieting, and an intense desire to be thin and skinny. According to findings from a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center between the years 2014 and 2015, approximately 94% of adolescents connect to the internet on a daily basis using either their mobile devices or personal computers. Facebook, Tiktok, and Instagram are the three social media platforms that see the most usage. According to the findings, approximately 71% of adolescents reported using two or more social media platforms simultaneously.

The majority of the most popular social media websites, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok, have a steady flow of videos and photographs uploaded by users who are making an effort to lead healthier lives. It is therefore impossible to avoid the fact that the appearance of girls on social media has a direct effect on the eating habits of people. Then, individuals have to take complete responsibility for both their dietary routines and the foods that they consume (Smith et al. 2013). Even now, it is difficult for young people to differentiate between their normal lives, the present, and the altered overall image. Therefore, the majority of adolescent girls find solace on social media sites, which they use to compliment themselves on their appearance and the clothing they choose, as well as to judge themselves against celebrities (Rodgers et al. 2018). Because of this, it is unavoidable that the majority of young women who achieve fame are affected by how they present themselves physically.

To put it another way, young women’s irrational expectations get in the way of their healthy eating habits and contribute to the difficulties they experience in their lives. As a result, the way in which women are portrayed on social media likely contributes to the development of eating disorders. The vast majority of preteen and teenage girls who struggle with severe eating disorders eventually experience unmanageable health issues (Meier & Gray, 2014). The media are obsessed with displaying beauty standards, which encourages young women to perform to the best of their abilities. Even in the group for young women and schoolgirls, the majority of the conversation is focused on recent developments in beauty and fashion (Perloff, 2016). It is therefore impossible to deny the fact that the images that girls see on social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat contribute to the development of eating disorders.

Changes in Attitudes of Eating Habits

As was already said, the media are the main source of beauty standards. Most young women on social media want to be as successful as media stars and celebrities. Because of how beauty standards are shown on social media, girls are more likely to get eating disorders like anorexia, which is also known as eating behaviors like purging (Galmiche et al. 2019). Then, a big problem with young girls who use social media is that they have unrealistic expectations of themselves. Most girls change how they eat and feed themselves to be like the people they look up to on social media. Statistics show that many teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 19 use more than one social media platform to get information. As kids get older, they think they should eat more than three meals a day. Teenage girls, on the other hand, get into the habit of eating fewer meals. For example, most young girls start to skip breakfast and eat a light dinner instead. When eating and feeding patterns change, the body goes through a lot of changes (Ferguson et al. 2014). Also, the way these girls eat makes them change what they like to eat without thinking about how that might affect their health. For example, many girls stop eating healthy foods because they say they don’t want to gain weight over time. Then, young women who have unrealistic expectations about their bodies have low self-esteem and don’t know how to control their bodies.

From a safety point of view, social media is being used to keep girls safe. When it comes to eating disorders, this generation is split. So, protecting girls on social media must include more than just cyberbullying and physical attacks. It must also include protecting girls’ eating habits (Matthew, 2020). To understand eating disorders in young women, you must first understand how social media works and how it affects people. Keeping this in mind, there are ways to deal with the problem of eating disorders in teenage girls that work (Trevor, 2015).

The Role of Social Media in the Etiology of Eating Disorders

The impact that a tool like social media is having on women all over the world is only going to increase as time goes on. Research on eating disorders and the phenomenon of being dissatisfied with one’s appearance dates back to the 1950s (Becker & Hamburg, 1996). Therefore, as long as there are individuals in the world, the power of the media will continue to expand. As more time has passed, the thin ideal has become the new look in society, and as a result, the majority of young girls work toward achieving a slimmer and more feminine appearance. Therefore, because of what they see in the media, young women who are concerned with their weight are more likely to be dissatisfied with their bodies and to suffer from eating disorders (Derenne & Beresin, 2006). These days, people’s beliefs form the basis of their opinions and their judgments. Young women get a sense of being loved and important when they read positive things about themselves on social media.

On the other hand, comments that are unflattering about a person’s appearance can be detrimental to their self-esteem (Harrison, 2000). After that, it is demonstrated that the images of young women that can be found on social media platforms can contribute to the development of eating and feeding disorders. One of the most negative aspects of social media is the way it can damage a person’s sense of who they are as an individual. Therefore, one of the many ways that young girls can be happy with their bodies is to have control over the negative effects of social media and some harsh judgment. There are many other ways to achieve this as well (Hinz, 2006). When a woman logs onto social media and sees pictures of her contemporaries and friends at the beach or posts about losing weight, she gets the impression that she is not living up to her potential. Because of this, the majority of these women will eventually develop eating disorders as well as other self-harming habits, both of which can result in issues with their mental health. The vast majority of studies have found a significant connection between eating disorders, dissatisfaction with one’s body, and exposure to various forms of media. According to the statistics, an increasing number of slimmer women are posting about their weight loss journeys and showing off their bodies on social media. Because of this, the majority of young people who read online posts that feature thin women are at risk for developing eating disorders (Morris & Katzman, 2003). The majority of young women today also hold the misconception that being tall and thin is the best way to achieve beauty. It is therefore evident that exposure to the media will have an effect on feelings of dissatisfaction with one’s body as well as eating disorders.

Possible Solutions to the Problem Identified at Assignment Help Services

A preoccupation with the news and other forms of media is not a healthy trait. It is up to society to make sure that young girls who are portrayed in the media are confident in who they are and do not have any minor health problems that could potentially lead to major and long-term health problems. People who struggle with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia hear voices in their heads that tell them they will never be happy (Levine, 2019). How much someone can love is directly proportional to their level of happiness. Therefore, the only way to get better is to figure out how to love oneself and look for happiness in all the right places. People also need to have sufficient confidence in themselves to feel good regardless of the circumstances. Teenagers should be aware that the first step toward recovery from an eating disorder is to recognize that they have a problem and then make an effort to address the issue in as many different ways as they can (Levine 2019). People who are attempting to recover from eating disorders should focus on developing skills such as self-love, body awareness, self-acceptance, and emotional awareness as they work toward their goals.

Additionally, the entirety of society is required to find a solution to this issue. People post pictures and photos online primarily to observe what other users have to say and to gain insight into their points of view. Because of this, people should think about what they write and say about other people, because what they say has a direct effect on them. Some ethnic groups, like Whites and Hispanics, need to educate themselves about the importance of appreciating all women for who they are, regardless of their size (Levine, 2019). It seems that being thin is the new ideal of beauty, and a lot of young women are working on losing weight in the hopes that it will make men love them more. Therefore, each individual as well as society as a whole has a responsibility to work toward the elimination of eating disorders and general dissatisfaction with one’s body as a source of conflict.

Section III – Research Approach.

Research Design 

In order to plan the research, we will be using a survey design known as cross-sectional. In order to examine how many significant factors occur, how they interact with one another, and how they are distributed across a population, the design of the research needs to collect samples from that population.

Study Population

Only 250 young women between the ages of 13 and 19 will take part in the study because it would be impossible to include everyone in that age range. One hundred and twenty-five of the girls will make use of more than one social media platform. The remaining 125 will be made up of people who aren’t overly preoccupied with social media and don’t give a hoot about how other people are portrayed on it.

Sample Size 

There were a total of 250 young people included in the sample for this research. The goal of the number of people in the sample is to determine whether or not the class is statistically significant. It is necessary to have a sufficiently large sample size in order to be able to make meaningful comparisons between the parameters of the population and the sample statistics. The sample size of 250 people is adequate for achieving statistical significance, validating the hypothesis, and obtaining answers.

Data Collection Instrument

There are a variety of approaches that can be taken to collect data for various types of research. These methods include interview techniques, questionnaires, observation methods, and comparison techniques. For the purposes of this investigation, secondary sources will constitute the primary source material. In addition, we will distribute questionnaires. It was decided to send out questionnaires to all 250 of the people who participated in the survey because they were all capable of reading and writing.

Method of Data Analysis 

The simple percentage and Kendell’s concordance measure will be the main ways to look at this study. This method was chosen because it is easy to understand and gives enough background information

Interview Questions

The interview was conducted using a questionnaire. The questions were posed to a 14-year-old African-American girl. The following are the questions. Do you ever wish you could change your appearance after scrolling through your social media news feeds? What’s the story?

Yes, because seeing thin girls on social media makes me dislike my own appearance. I’m not thin, and most of the time I want to appear thin, pretty, or curvy.

This question is important to the main idea of the work because it reveals how the respondent feels about social media. The respondent expressed her desire to be as attractive and curvy as the girls on social media. She knows she dislikes her appearance because she compares herself to other girls on social media. The questions provide answers to the main idea of the work. According to the theory, girls who use social media are more likely to develop eating disorders. Then, young girls are influenced by social media because they aspire to look like the girls they see on various social media sites.

Can you photograph yourself without being concerned about how you appear?

No, because I’m constantly concerned with whether I appear too skinny or too strong.

The answer is that the person is afraid to take pictures without first thinking about it. The respondent is hesitant to take pictures because she sees other girls’ photos on social media and believes hers are inferior to those of other girls.

Do you believe that social media sites are beneficial to body image and accept people of all shapes and sizes?

They try to make it appear that they are by posting fake body positivity posts. They don’t try to show or make different body types look the same.

According to the respondent, not all social media platforms are suitable for all body types. The hypothesis is supported by the question because it exacerbates eating disorders. Despite the fact that all types of bodies are displayed on social media, they are not all valued equally. Being thin is the new definition of beauty, and people who are overweight are considered ugly. The only way to solve this problem is to accept all body types and treat all girls equally.

Do you believe you have the freedom to wear whatever you want?

No, because I’m constantly afraid of people judging me because I don’t look like other girls.

The way people dress and how they use social media are inextricably linked. The respondent stated that she is unable to wear whatever she desires because she is constantly afraid that others will judge her because she does not look as good as other girls. People also believe that certain clothes and outfits are designed for a specific body type, which affects most young girls and increases their risk of developing eating disorders.

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Do you think social media influencers make you eat more or less?

I tend to eat less because I aspire to be as thin as they are.

According to the hypothesis, social media is the root cause of the majority of eating disorders in young girls. Every girl aspires to look like the young models she sees on social media. The question must then be related to the work’s hypothesis.

Ethical Considerations

. There are many ethical things to think about when doing an investigation. Only people who want to take part in the study will be used. Making sure that these people are happy and willing to take part in the research. The people there will be treated with respect, and only questions that are important will be asked. During the case study, privacy and confidentiality will be kept. Before any more research can be done, this case study must be approved by the IRB.


According to what has been discussed, it is plausible to hypothesize that people learn from social media platforms that being thin is the new way to be beautiful. Because of this, the majority of young women have unattainable expectations regarding the appearance of their bodies. The vast majority of young girls are unhappy with their appearance and struggle with eating disorders as a direct result of what they see in the media. Studies have shown that when women are exposed to images and messages that emphasize how important being thin and having a good physical appearance are, it makes them feel bad about their bodies, which in turn causes them to eat more than they should.

According to the findings of recent studies, being exposed to various forms of media can both initiate and perpetuate eating disorders. The solution to this issue is for professionals and society as a whole to place a greater emphasis on self-esteem building, which assists individuals in coming to terms with who they are. It is important for people, particularly young women, to understand that being thin and slim does not automatically make one attractive. There is more to being beautiful than a person’s outward appearance alone. Therefore, if you want to get better from eating and feeding disorders, the first step toward getting better is to admit that there is a problem, and then work on fixing it. The same kind of media exposure that young men get should also be given to young women so that they can learn how to use social media.

According to the findings of studies that came before this one, the influence of social media has grown over the past few years, which has led to an increase in the number of people who are dissatisfied with their bodies. According to the findings of recent studies, the vast majority of people discuss their ideal bodies using social media as a point of reference. On social media, the degree to which a woman’s attractiveness is rated gives rise to the perception that women are things. The vast majority of people who dislike their bodies wind up developing an eating disorder, which stems from the misconception that one must adhere to a stringent diet in order to achieve the ideal physique. The bodybuilding industry was found to have the highest prevalence of eating disorders among young women and men. The most important step that needs to be taken to remedy the situation is for society as a whole to revise its conception of the ideal physique. On social media, the path to a healthy body is frequently portrayed inaccurately.


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