Feeling fat? Well whatever you do don't look at Facebook, it may be the problem more than the scale.
New research shows that the new Facebook timeline is making people feel more self conscious.
According to a recent public survey by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore 600 Facebook users ages 16 to 40 said they used the new Timeline to compare their weight throughout the different years.
And if the pics aren't making them feel bad enough, there are now apps that track and chart weight loss and 14% were already installing this on Facebook while another 37 percent said they may eventually want to try it out as well.
The numbers of Facebook users in general who are uncomfortable with their own weight is an astounding 75% and additionally 51% of the people said that when they were looking at photos of themselves it made them even more aware of the body size.
Nearly 1 in 3 users said that when they compared pictures of themselves to pictures of friends, they felt sad.
"Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else," Dr. Harry Brandt, director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, said in a press release. "In this age of modern technology and constant access to SmartPhones and the internet, it's becoming increasingly difficult for people to remove themselves from images and other triggers that promote negative body image, low self-esteem and may ultimately contribute to eating disorders."
According to the Huffington Post, at least one study has linked Facebook use with eating disorders. A survey of 248 female Facebook users age 12-18 found that the more time young women spend on Facebook, the more likely they are to develop an eating disorder.
According to the study conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel:
The results showed that the more time girls spend on Facebook, the more they suffered conditions of bulimia, anorexia, physical dissatisfaction, negative physical self-image, negative approach to eating and more of an urge to be on a weight-loss diet. Extensive online exposure to fashion and music content showed similar tendencies, but manifested in fewer types of eating disorders.
Do you think Facebook causes body image issues?
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@maggiesworld nope I like looking at old fb pics since I have lost so much weight the past 2years