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Social Media Fuelling Eating Disorders among Teenagers

"It's time for social media companies to get serious about their responsibility to young people," Hinds was quoted as saying by The Sun

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By instilling in children dangerous ideas of perfection, social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat are fuelling eating disorders among teenagers, a British Cabinet Minister has warned.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds demanded that technology giants must “get serious” about their responsibility and protect their young users, The Sun reported on Monday.

His warning comes as several Cabinet ministers are scheduled to hold a meeting with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat bosses, the report added. “It’s time for social media companies to get serious about their responsibility to young people,” Hinds was quoted as saying by The Sun.

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“Growing up has always been hard, but the Internet and social media heighten the pressures,” Hinds added. Pixabay

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Hinds said it is impacting the attitude of teenagers to their own bodies and putting pressure on them about how they should act and look all the time. “Growing up has always been hard, but the Internet and social media heighten the pressures,” Hinds added.

At the summit with the bosses of the social media giants, the British ministers are expected to demand that tech companies take down harmful content — not just illegal content. “This isn’t just about tackling illegal content, but things that are legal but still harmful to wellbeing,” Hinds was quoted as saying. (IANS)

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Exercise Addiction Common Among People With Eating Disorders: Study

Eating disorders are linked linked to exercise addiction

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Exercise addiction is defined as having an obsessive approach to fitness that could have a negative impact on someone's health and social life. Pixabay

Exercise addiction is nearly four times more common among people with an eating disorder, researchers have found as latest health news.

Exercise addiction was defined as having an obsessive approach to fitness that could have a negative impact on someone’s health and social life.

“It is known that those with eating disorders are more likely to display addictive personality and obsessive-compulsive behaviours,” said study lead author Mike Trott of Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.

“We are also aware that having an unhealthy relationship with food often means an increased amount of exercising, but this is the first time that a risk factor has been calculated,” Trott added.

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Exercise addiction is nearly four times more common among people with an eating disorder. Pixabay

The study, published in Eating and Weight Disorders, drew on data from nine studies covering a total of 2,140 people with a mean age of 25.

The researchers found that people displaying characteristics of an eating disorder are 3.7 times more likely to suffer from addiction to exercise than people displaying no indication of an eating disorder.

“It is not uncommon to want to improve our lifestyles by eating healthier and doing more exercise, particularly at the start of the year. However, it is important to moderate this behaviour and not fall victim to ‘crash diets’ or anything that eliminates certain foods entirely, as these can easily lead to eating disorders,” Trott said.

According to the researchers, the study shows that displaying signs of an eating disorder significantly increases the chance of an unhealthy relationship with exercise, and this can have negative consequences, including mental health issues and injury.

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“Health professionals working with people with eating disorders should consider monitoring exercise levels as a priority, as this group have been shown to suffer from serious medical conditions as a result of excessive exercise, such as fractures, increased rates of cardiovascular disease in younger patients, and increased overall mortality,” Trott concluded. (IANS)