The article - eating disorders and the beginning of purging...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Stuart Johnston English 112 Summary The article “Media Influence on the Body Image of Children and Adolescents”, Lawrie et al. discusses that children are vulnerable to the influence of mass media. That is, the media is promoting the “ideal body type”. Which means the media is encouraging thinness and muscle gain, but is creating a negative stigma around weight gain and obesity(2006,p.356). In their studies, Lein, Pope, Gray, McCabe and Riccardelli, state that the ideal body shape for men has changed from being larger to more muscular and fit( 2001,p.355; 2004,p.355). Similarly, Katzmarzyk & Davis found that the ideal body shape for women has evolved from the curvaceous appeal of the mid 1900s to a more modern leaner, slimmer statute(2001,p.355). Field et al (1999,2001) studied girls and boys ages 9-14 and determined that through the process of trying to imitate mass media and the people which represent it can lead to weight concerns,
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: eating disorders and the beginning of purging behavior. In the article, Lawrie et al. does a research project on 925 students from ages 9-14, asking questions in regards to the medias influence them to: be slimmer, become muscular and gain weight. The results were as follows: Both boys and girls disagree that the media tells them to gain weight (promoting the ideal of thinness), both boys and girls agree (to some extent) that the media is telling them to be slimmer or muscular. As Field et al. and other researchers state that with the promotion of a slimmer image comes greater body dissatisfaction and development of eating disorders, especially in girls. (199,2001) Lawrie, Z., Sullivan, E.A., Davie, P.S.W., & Hill, R.J. (2006). Media influence on the body image of children and adolescents. Eating Disorders, 14(5), pp. 355 364. DOI: 10.1080/ 10640260600952506...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course ENGL 151 taught by Professor Payson during the Spring '11 term at The University of British Columbia.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online