sweeping analysis of 77 previous studies involving more than 15,000 subjects
exposure to media depicting ultra-thin actresses and models significantly increased women's concerns about their bodies, including how dissatisfied they felt and their likelihood of engaging in unhealthy eating behaviors, such as excessive dieting.
oesn't matter what the exposure is
effect also appears to be growing
studies conducted in the 2000s show a larger influence of the media on women's body image than do those from the 1990s
women's displeasure with their bodies has become so common that it's now considered normal
how we're using media images as a culture to share the values we think are important
placed test subjects from every study into two groups: those who were exposed to media images portraying women's bodies and the thin ideal, and those who weren't. It then asked whether differences existed between the two and the magnitude of the differences.
issue lies not with our attraction to images of beauty or with women's desire to emulate them, but with what we've come to define as beautiful: bodies that are unnaturally and unhealthily thin.