Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Holly Sisson

Second Advisor

Carly Waszak


The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact in a variety of ways. With the quarantine restrictions placed during this time, many individuals had turned to social media as an outlet to cope with the loss of intimate time with friends and outside family. This increase in social media use, especially Tik Tok and Instagram, can negatively impact a person's outlook on certain situations. Throughout this pandemic, mental health issues, specifically eating disorders, have shown a rise in cases during this time. Current research shows that numbers have more than doubled during pandemic times, and also shows many different factors that could be influencing this rise. Brain chemistry, genetic influence, and an individual's environment have also been taken into great consideration on the influence of eating disorders. Many studies have shown that more services are needed to address these issues regarding eating disorders during times of crisis.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation