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The seriousness of photo manipulation is shown to us when people, especially young teens, are influenced by this and are brain washed into thinking that the images shown to us are beautiful even though they are edited. This has also led to the impression that skinny is better.
Their image of beauty is distorted and this may lead to them having low self-esteem. Unfortunately this has led to a lot of cases around the world of eating disorders such as Bulimia nervosa and Anorexia nervosa. It is estimated that up to 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder around the world, and only 1 in 10 of those suffering receive treatment. Worryingly, a very high 50% of people suffering from an eating disorder meet the criteria for depression. Closer to home, The Department of Health estimates that up to 20,000 people in Ireland may be affected by eating disorders. Eating disorders also represent 80 deaths annually.
We see that teens are mainly affected by eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and binge eating. In 2013, 11.5% of all admissions to Irish psychiatric hospitals and units had a diagnosis of an eating disorder. Females accounted for 92% of theses admissions. A study of Irish teens also found that eating disorders were more prevalent among girls than boys. It was also found that this was caused by girls having higher levels of body dissatisfaction and a higher drive for thinness. Another study showed that self-image was identified as the top factor that hurts the mental health of Irish teenagers.