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Student Research Guide: Anorexia Nervosa: Top 10 Resources

Negatives of Social Media Related to Anorexia

How Social Media, Including Instagram and Facebook, “Cause Anorexia”: Experts Say the Self-Bragging Pictures of Shiny, Perfect Lives on Social Media Encourage Other Users to Feel Negative about Their Own Lives and Bodies. - ProQuest Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

  • This study was about how the more time someone spends on social media the more likely there going to have negative self-talk and self shame about their own bodies. This is the result of unrealistic body pictures on certain sites like Facebook or Instagram. Also the article talks about how the internet spreads body challenges that are like "Krytonite" to people with Anorexia.

Karatzias, Thanos, et al. “General Psychopathology in Anorexia Nervosa: The Role of Psychosocial Factors.” Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, vol. 17, no. 6, Dec. 2010, pp. 519–27, doi:10.1002/cpp.701.

  • ‚ÄčThis study is about how people with anorexia are more prone to mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. It also demonstrate how the psychosocial factors can effect a person with this eating disorder. On the other hand, this study does not correlate with the aspects of "social media", but it does show how every social interaction can effect their mental health.

Kearns, Claire. “Social Media and Eating Disorders.” Eating Disorder Help,, 2017,

  • This site isn't a academic article, it is a web site that wants to spread awareness about all of the eating disorder diseases out there. The specific article I picked on this website is about how social media is really hard to escape nowadays and they determine the risk of developing a eating disorder through the influence of social media.

Media and Body Dissatisfaction | The Psych 101 Series: Media Psychology 101 - Credo Reference Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

  • If you are an SVC student you are required to log in to access this website. This article doesn't relate to Anorexia, but it does inform you on the strong control the media (such as movies, magazines and ad commercials) has on a person's mental and daily behavior. It states that the media can create dissatisfaction people have with their own bodies through the fascination with beauty online.

Park, Mina, et al. “Social Media Propagation of Content Promoting Risky Health Behavior.” Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers, 1 May 2017,

  • To access this article click on the PDF next to the article summary link. This page describes how social media can promote risky health behavior through online communities that encourage Anorexia and even defend it. This study also found that there is a lot of propagation post about underweight bodies and potentially harmful diets. 

Perloff, Richard M. "Social Media Effects on Young Women's Body Image Concerns: Theoretical Perspectives and an Agenda for Research." Sex Roles, vol. 71, no. 11-12, 2014, pp. 363-377. ProQuest,, doi:

  • This research is specifically for people who want to know about the social media effects on body image concerns of young adult women. It talks about how people can feel vulnerable on social media due to body dissatisfaction. Nevertheless, this article doesn't specifically talk about eating disorders, but I feel its very beneficial because most people suffering from a eating disorder are struggling with their self-image. To excess this article you have log into your SVC student account (can only access if your a Skagit Valley College student).

Staff, Editorial. “Pro-Ana Websites: What You Need to Know.” American Addiction Centers, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

  • This article helps explain what Pro-Ana is and the dangers of it through social media communities. This will help your research because the 'Pro-ana' movement in social media can be very triggering to someone's health. It also supports bad eating habits and other anorexics supporting each others un-healthiness. 

Positives of Social Media in Anorexia

Hersey, Sarah L. “[PDF] Anorexia Nervosa: Benefits of Recovery-Oriented Websites: Semantic Scholar.” [PDF] Anorexia Nervosa: Benefits of Recovery-Oriented Websites | Semantic Scholar, 18 Nov. 2013,

  • This is a dissertation about how anorexic people recover through online chat rooms and how they share their recovery goals with people that are going through the same thing as them. This study looks into how support can be found through discussion boards (chat rooms) and they also look at how people with anorexia will respond to triggering materials online. This study has a lot of information, so i recommend to look at the table of contents first to narrow down what your looking for.

LaMarre, Andrea, and Carla Rice. “Hashtag Recovery: #Eating Disorder Recovery on Instagram.” Social Sciences, vol. 6, no. 3, Sept. 2017, p. 68, doi:10.3390/socsci6030068.

  • This study is about people in recovery documenting there progress online and how they share their story / struggle with other people going through the same experience. This study is very broad because it is talking about all eating disorders, not just anorexia. This site also talks about how a person posting about there recovery can help them stay true to being healthy and not slipping back into their old ways.

Risher, Brittany. “Social Media Is Helping Women Recover From Eating Disorders.” SELF, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

  • This website speaks about how the communication through social media can create these "recovery groups" in people with Anorexia. This means that people with anorexia can help support each other on their road to recover and it helps them talk about there struggles and victories.


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