The Impact of Exposure to the Thin-Ideal Media Image on Women
thin-ideal body image, eating disorder, self-esteem, body satisfaction, women
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hawkins, Nicole; Richards, P. Scott; Granley, H. Mac; and Stein, David M., "The Impact of Exposure to the Thin-Ideal Media Image on Women" (2004). Faculty Publications. 3855.
David O. McKay School of Education
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
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