Document Type



Baccalaureate degree in Educational Studies & Psychology

Thesis Supervisor: Amy Leshinsky, Ed.D.


Throughout the past decade, as social media begins to grow in popularity, individuals' mental health is being sacrificed. Therefore, providing others with the knowledge of the effects will tend to decrease these numbers. The purpose of this paper is to delve into the link between Instagram and body image and eating disorders in young adolescents. Women are more likely to suffer body dissatisfaction and develop an eating disorder when encountering Instagram body ideals. Implementing lesson plans, including parents, and engaging school personnel is an excellent way to start the conversation and address adolescent body dissatisfaction to counter the known negative effects of social media usage. The implications of this research blend education and psychology with the idea that providing others with knowledge can decrease the mental health struggles of adolescent females.