University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Previous researchers have established comorbidities between behavioral addictions. Although online media use has been linked to disordered eating, the relationship between Internet addiction and binge eating disorder (BED) has not been examined. Our first aim was to examine the relationship between two types of Internet addiction and BED. It was hypothesized that those high in Internet addiction would report greater BED symptoms than those low in Internet addiction. Our second aim was to examine how online media use and body positivity content relate to various eating disorder symptomatology (EDS). We hypothesized that EDS would be positively correlated to online media use and negatively correlated with exposure to body positivity content. Participants (N = 497) in the study completed an online survey. Hypotheses were generally supported. Analyses found that those higher in compulsive online media use had higher binge eating scores. Also, greater Internet and social media use were associated with greater EDS, and greater exposure to body positivity was associated with lower EDS. Follow-up analyses compared how different online activities correlate with EDS. Limitations and future research of the study are further discussed.
Tisko, Mary G. and Casas, Juan F.
"An examination of the associations between Internet activities, body positivity content, and eating disorder symptomatology,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 29:
1, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol29/iss1/19