Body Image, Eating Disorders, and the Relationship to Adolescent Media Use

Carson A. Benowitz-Fredericks, Kaylor Garcia, Meredith Massey, Brintha Vasagar, Dina L.G. Borzekowski

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Abstract

Historically and currently, media messages around body shape and size emphasize the importance of being below-average weight for women and hypermuscular for men. The media messages around physical appearance are not realistic for most and lead to body dissatisfaction for most adolescents. Interventions designed to mitigate the influence of negative media messages on adolescents' body image are presented; however, most have shown limited success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-704
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric clinics of North America
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Keywords

  • Anorexia
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Bulimia
  • Internet
  • Television
  • Weight concerns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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