Facebook linked to eating disorders

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, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

The desire to amass "likes" on Facebook pictures may be putting women at greater risk of developing eating disorders, new research says.

The Florida State University study of 960 colleague women found more time spent on Facebook is linked to an increased likelihood of having an eating disorder.

What's more, women who placed greater importance on getting "likes" were more likely to report an eating disorder. So were women who were more likely to untag themselves from unflattering photos.

"Facebook provides a fun way to stay connected with friends, but it also presents women with a new medium through which they are confronted by a thin ideal that impacts their risk for eating disorders," psychology professor Pamela K. Keel said in a press release.

"Now it's not the case that the only place you're seeing thin and idealized images of women in bathing suits is on magazine covers," Keel said. "Now your friends are posting carefully curated photos of themselves on their Facebook page that you're being exposed to constantly."


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