Imagine a teen girl posting a selfie on social media. She likes the picture because she is smiling in it and the sun is shining on her nicely. Later that day, she reads the comments, which are mostly positive, but one person has posted a negative comment about her being “fat.” How might that affect an adolescent who is already feeling vulnerable?
Similar scenes of “body shaming” play out in the lives of adolescents trying to navigate cultural understandings of beauty, pressure from peers to fit in, and constant images of “perfect bodies” shown on TV and in movies. Social media, because it is so ubiquitous, can be particularly hurtful. These pressures can combine with biological and psychological factors to promote an adolescent’s negative body image, purging and fasting behavior, or even an eating disorder.
For this Assignment, you examine the occurrence of eating disorders and consider approaches to address them in adolescents.
Submit a 2- to 4-page paper on eating disorders in adolescence. In your paper:
Please use the Learning Resources to support your analysis. Make sure to provide APA citations and a reference list.
Requirements: 2-3 pages
I have 2 articles that I have attached that may be helpful
Eating disorders in teenagers are a serious problem requiring addressing. Significant contributors like peers and social media have caused many teenagers to develop poor eating habits. In most cases, these problems emerge because teenagers want to fit in their social circles or have the perfect bodies perceived in the media. The discussion will unveil the role of peer relationships and social media on eating disorders, the biological, psychological, social effects, and theoretical framework to use when handling teenagers with feeding disorders.