Title

The Impact of Exposure to the Thin-Ideal Media Image on Women

Keywords

thin-ideal body image, eating disorder, self-esteem, body satisfaction, women

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to experimentally examine the effects of exposure to the thin-ideal body image on women’s affect, self- esteem, body satisfaction, eating disorder symptoms, and level of internalization of the thin-ideal. College women (N = 145) were randomly exposed to photographs from popular magazines containing either thin-ideal images or neutral images. Exposure to thin-ideal magazine images increased body dissatisfaction, negative mood states, and eating disorder symptoms and decreased self-esteem, although it did not cause more internalization of the thin-ideal. Exposure to thin-ideal media images may contribute to the development of eating disorders by causing body dissatisfaction, negative moods, low self-esteem, and eating disorders symptoms among women.

Original Publication Citation

Hawkins, N., Richards, P. S., & Granley, H. M., & Stein, D. (2004). The impact of exposure to the thin-ideal media image on women. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 12, 35-50.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

Eating Disorders

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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