Eating disorders and internet: Nathalie Gingras studies links

Professor Nathalie Gingras, child psychiatrist and associate member of the CERVO Brain Reseach Centre and her colleagues recently reviewed the scientific literature about the links between internet and eating disorders.  The found that while online information can make these disorders worse, it can also be part of the solution.  This was reported in a recent article by Jean Hamann, published in the most recent edition of the magazine LeFil, a Université Laval publication . 

The web and social media contribute to the development of eating disorders in teens, but as these communication tools are here to stay, parents and professionals need to work with this reality and use it to help the youth.  This is the conclusion reached by three members of the Faculty of Medicine who reviewed the scientific literature on the links between the internet and eating disorders in youth. 

Eating disorders affect 5.7% of teenage girls and 1.2% of teenage boys, say the researchers in an article published in the journal  Soins Psychiatrie. «In girls, it is mostly anorexia or bulimia, while boys are more affected by bigorexia (an obsessive desire to have more muscular mass)" indicates one of the authors of the study, Professor Nathalie Gingras, child psychiatrist and member of the CERVO Brain Research Centre.  " In the last few years, we notice that eating disorders occur earlier, sometimes in children as young as 10 or less.  We do not know if this is linked to the internet or a more generalised concern with eating in our society" says Dr Gingras.  

Read the rest of the article here (in French) : LeFil - Quand Internet devient un miroir déformant

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