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 the article by Lawrie et al., researchers found that the ideal body shape for men has changed from being larger to more muscular and fit (2006 p.355). Similarly, Katzmarzyk & Davis (2001) stated in Lawrie et al.’s article, that the ideal body shape for women has evolved from the curvaceous appeal of the mid-1900s to a more modern leaner, slimmer statute (Cited in Lawrie et al., 2006, 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, eating disorders and the beginning of purging behavior. (Cited in Lawrie et al., 2006, p.356)
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