In today’s society there is so much pressure to be picture perfect all the time. People feed off the amount of likes, comments, and views they receive on social media platforms. It is incredibly toxic the amount of satisfaction individuals generate from receiving a like on a picture. It is especially difficult for teenagers on social media to look up to models like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Hailey Baldwin with their unrealistic body image. What I would like to research is how social media can cause insecurities which eventually can lead to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Individuals with eating disorders constantly compare themselves to others, which is a main factor in social media. When a person with an eating disorder sees a photo on Instagram of their favorite model in a bikini looking extremely thin, they can begin to compare themselves and obsess over the image of looking exactly like that model even if it is not realistic to their body type. People become fixated on looking a certain way.
Some research that I found interesting was on pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia and how there are places on social media that encourage eating disorders. People on this platform can compare body images and give harmful advice to hurt their bodies by not eating.