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AC Gender BBC Boys hit by body image pressure too

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October 20, 2006-10-20 06 Boys 'hit by body image pressure'  Pressure from peers and the media for boys to fit physical ideals can lead to eating disorders, a  study suggests.  Magazine images of stick-thin models and comparisons with friends have long been thought to lead some  young girls to disorders like anorexia and bulimia.  But a UK study of around 500 teenagers on perceived pressure from parents, siblings, friends and the media  suggested boys were affected too.  The research is published in the British Journal of Health Psychology. For girls, it's about being very thin. For boys this was about being muscular in  tone  Dr Emma Halliwell  Social psychologist at the Centre for Appearance Research  The study said: "While there has been considerable attention to factors predicting eating disordered  behaviour among adolescent girls, much less has focused on adolescent boys." 
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