Research + News | Topic: Body Image

The Dangerous Experiment On Teen Girls

The preponderance of the evidence suggests that social media is causing real damage to adolescents. Read the article here.

‘It Spreads Like A Disease’: How Pro-Eating-Disorder Videos Reach Teens On TikTok

Although the platform bans content promoting dangerous weight loss, hashtags such as #skinnycheck can still be found. Read the article here.

‘She Opens The App And Gets Bombarded’: Parents On Instagram, Teens And Eating Disorders

Mothers describe their daughters’ dangerous experiences after whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony. Read the article here.

Facebook Knows Instagram Is Harming Teens. But Is Anything Going To Change?

In Facebook’s own internal research, one-third of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse. Read the article here.

Instagram Promoted Pages Glorifying Eating Disorders To Teen Accounts

Proof that Instagram is not only failing to crack down on accounts promoting extreme dieting and eating disorders, but actively promotes those accounts, comes as Instagram and its parent company Facebook are facing intense scrutiny over the impact they have on young people’s mental health. Read the article here.

Facebook Says Instagram Is Not ‘Toxic For Teens,’ Despite WSJ Report

The claims are in response to a damning Wall Street Journal story that prompted a Senate hearing. Read the article here.

Facebook Under Fire Over Secret Teen Research

Facebook-owned Instagram has been criticized for keeping secret its internal research into the effect social media had on teenager users. Read the article here.

What Body Positivity Means To Today’s Teens

‘Anorexia Coach’: Sexual Predators Online Are Targeting Teens Wanting To Lose Weight. Platforms Are Looking The Other Way

There’s no shortage of people online looking to exploit and manipulate the vulnerable among us. One such group is anorexia coaches, or “anacoaches”. Read the article here.

Instagram ‘Pushes Weight-Loss Messages To Teenagers’

Researchers find minimal interactions by teen users can trigger a deluge of thin-body and dieting images. Read the article here.