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Healthier Me: Social Media & Eating Disorders

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The increasing popularity of social media is also increasing the number of young people with body image issues.  

Doctors say kids are bombarded these days with more pictures and more ways to be exposed to distorted images.

Sanford Eating Disorder Specialist Dr. Kim LaHaise says young people are exposed to these images everyday. It used to be just TV and magazines, but social media outlets like Facebook and twitter are making it almost impossible to avoid. She says we are exposed to more and more images of unattainable beauty.

Dr. Kim LaHaise says, "young people see it now coming  from all sources and a lot of it is photo shopped."

LaHaise says even the stars don't look like they really look. They have a ton of people helping them to look a certain way. It creates an idea that we can all do that, but we know it's very difficult to change.

She says trying to achieve that body image can lead people down a path to an eating disorder.

Here is a list of questions to ask:

*Is your child restricting their eating or is there a change in their eating patterns?

*Are they going to the bathroom right after a meal -- possibly to throw up?

*Are they using diet pills or laxatives?

*Are they exercising excessively and or are they very focused on their body image?

 Dr. LaHaise says parents need to get answers to those questions. They need to keep the lines of communication open and stay involved, so they know what is going on in their child's life.

 

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