Media, body image and eating disorders

Media, body image and eating disorders

Internet, television and those magazines on grocery shop checkouts – all these influence a person to develop body ideal . Media does has its major role in today’s body image topic.

According to survey by National eating disorders media’s influence is far and beyond.

  • Numerous correlation and experimental studies have linked exposure to the thin ideal in mass media to body dissatisfaction, internalization of the thin ideal, and disordered eating among women.
  • The effect of media on women’s body dissatisfaction, thin ideal internalization, and disordered eating appears to be stronger among young adults than children and adolescents. This may suggest that long-term exposure during childhood and adolescence lays the foundation for the negative effects of media during early adulthood.
  • Pressure from mass media to be muscular also appears to be related to body dissatisfaction among men. This effect may be smaller than among women but it is still significant.
  • Young men seem to be more negatively affected by the media images than adolescent boys are.

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