When it comes to body image and eating disorders, or mental illness, adolescence is a particularly precarious time. People nowadays spend six to eight hours a day glued to a screen, with most of that time spent on social media. There they keep seeing images of celebrities and fashion/fitness models who seem almost perfect. That, of course, leads to internalizing beauty ideals that are unrealistic. They begin to compare, start losing confidence, and are increasingly unhappy.
Body image and eating disorders are correlated and so are body image and mental health. This happens when people tend to get obsessive about their weight. While some resort to unhealthy behaviors like dieting and excessive exercise, others begin to overeat and then purge, exacerbating their health issues in the process.Continue reading