The Effects of COVID-19 on Body Image Through Social Media

Melanie Zosky


Melanie Zosky (she/her) was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. After studying psychology, she decided to switch her major to Professional Communication. She hopes to move to the city after graduation to develop her personal and professional career and possibly start her own business.

Research Summary

This research project looks at the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the body image of university students, through social media. The research looked at associations between different aspects of body image, such as appearance and comparisons. Through extensive research, it was found that COVID-19 did have an impact on body image. The main factors of this impact were changes in daily lifestyle, eating habits, and an overall more sedentary lifestyle leading to more time spent online.


socialmedia; bodyimage; COVID-19;

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