Over the last decade the internet has come to permeate every aspect of our lives. With huge leaps in accessibility
of the internet via mobile personal devices such as smart cellular phones and tablets, individuals are connected to the
internet virtually all the time. It is no surprise therefore that social media now dominates the lives of many people within
society. The authors take a look at how social media is influencing diabetes with particular focus on weight perception,
weight management and eating behaviours.
The authors explore the concept of how the advertising of Size 0 models and photo-shopping of images which are easily
available on line and via social media is causing an increase in the number of young people with distorted body images.
This has led to an increased number of people resorting to sometimes drastic weight loss programmes. We focus on the
bid for ‘low-fat’ consumption and highlight how this could actually be leading to an increased risk for developing diabetes
or worsening the complications of diabetes. We also discuss the increase of eating disorder in diabetes related to this distorted
Keywords: Diabetes, social media, weight management, size zero, low-fat diets, eating disorders.
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