Experts believe this is due to the large amount of content pertaining to weight loss, exercise and diet while media consumption was at an all-time high.
Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said that social media providers should be working harder to prevent young people from being exposed to influential material.
“We have to be working with social media giants to make sure that there are healthy messages about body image,” she said.
“I know that the federal government is working with these providers and I’m prepared to do anything we can here in Queensland to combat those changes.”
Hospital admissions for eating disorders have continued to steadily climb over the past five years.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or contact Headspace on 1800 650 890.
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