Body image and media use among adolescents

Dina L.G. Borzekowski, Angela M. Bayer

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This article reviews the literature on body image and media use among adolescents. We begin by defining body image and how it is constructed, especially among young people. We then offer information on when one's body image perception is askew with one's perception of personal ideal, which can result in disordered eating, including obesity, anorexia, and bulimia. Next, we describe the research literature on media use and its relationship to adolescents' body image perceptions and discuss content analyses and correlational, experimental, and qualitative studies. Lastly, we recommend, beyond conducting further and improved research studies, interventions and policies that may have an impact on body image and media use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-313
Number of pages25
JournalAdolescent Medicine Clinics
Issue number2 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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