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The relationship between Orthorexia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, and the use of Instagram

Bülter, A. (2021) The relationship between Orthorexia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, and the use of Instagram.

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Abstract:This study aimed to investigate if Orthorexia Nervosa (ON), Anorexia Nervosa (AN), and the time spend on the social media application Instagram are related. ON recently appeared in scientific literature and both, its causes and categorization, are not distinct yet. This leads to difficulties in its diagnosis and treatment. However, it seems to show similarities with the Feeding and Eating Disorder AN. Frequent Instagram use was also said to increase orthorexic tendencies, therefore the correlation was investigated. Since the use of Instagram and AN also seemed to be related, these variables were inspected for correlation as well. The analysis was conducted with 236 students that participated in this study. The study followed a quantitative, cross-sectional approach, and a Pearson correlation was performed for the investigation of correlations. To measure ON levels, the ORTO-15 was used, AN was measured using the drive for thinness subscale of the EDI-2 und for the use of Instagram two questions have been formulated. Significant correlations were found between drive for thinness and Instagram, as well as drive for thinness and ON. Only ON and Instagram did not show a significant correlation in this study.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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