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Women’s Use of Social Media: What Is the Evidence About Their Impact on Weight Management and Body Image?

  • Audrée-Anne Dumas
  • Sophie DesrochesEmail author
Psychological Issues (V Drapeau and V Ivezaj, Section Editors)
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Abstract

Purpose of the Review

This review aims to summarize recent research on the effects of social media-delivered weight management interventions on weight loss and the impact of social media use on body image concerns in women and adolescent girls.

Recent Findings

Evidence supports the feasibility, but not the efficacy, of studies using single-component social media-delivered weight management interventions (i.e., including no other modes of intervention delivery) in women. Studies conducted in adolescent girls and women suggest that the impact of social media on body image outcomes is mostly detrimental, but is dependent on the context (e.g., exposure to idealized social media appearance images), peers’ feedback, and constructs, such as appearance comparison tendency.

Summary

More research is needed to conclude on the efficacy of social media-delivered interventions on both weight and body image outcomes and to understand how and when exposure to social media could promote effective weight management and also advocate positive body image in women.

Keywords

Social media Weight management Body image Women’s health Adolescents Review 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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  1. 1.Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods, School of Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture and Food SciencesUniversité LavalQuebec CityCanada
  2. 2.Université Laval, Pavillon des servicesQuebec CityCanada

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