Here are some reasons why we should diversify our media consumption and social media feeds as well as better understand the role the media plays in body dissatisfaction:
Visual Adaptation to Thin and Fat Bodies Transfers across Identity: women in this study got used to seeing what they saw, and it influenced their sense of their own body and other people's bodies.
Judging the Difference between Attractiveness and Health: Does Exposure to Model Images Influence the Judgments Made by Men and Women?: 1 min of exposure to an image of a thinner than average woman is enough to shift our perception of attractiveness to a thinner ideal.
Effects of exposure to thin-ideal media images on body dissatisfaction: testing the inclusion of a disclaimer versus warning label. Ata RN, Thompson JK, Small BJ. Body Image. 2013 Sep;10(4):472-80.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23688859 : Knowing that images are retouched does not diminish their power or change the way we react to these images.
'Retouch free': The effect of labelling media images as not digitally altered on women's body dissatisfaction. Tiggemann M, Slater A, Smyth V. Body Image. 2014 Jan;11(1):85-8.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24094477 : young women who saw fashion shoot images labelled as digitally altered reacted with the same level of body dissatisfaction as those who saw unlabelled images.
The Attractive Female Body Weight and Female Body Dissatisfaction in 26 Countries Across 10 World Regions: Results of the International Body Project I :
People living in wealthier cultures are exposed to more marketing and advertising as well as more media in general. This can explain the greater body dissatisfaction.
Eating behaviours and attitudes following prolonged exposure to television among ethnic fijian adolescent girls: 3 years after the introduction of western tv, 11% of young girls in Fiji claimed they vomited for weight loss, 69% acknowledged to dieting and 3/4 felt they were too big/fat at least some of the time.
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