Chapter 17. Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders

  1. Dr Sandra L. Calvert doctorate Chair Professor Director fellow1 and
  2. Barbara J. Wilson Head research consultant2
  1. Kristen Harrison PhD Associate Professor and
  2. Veronica Hefner MA doctoral student

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch17

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

How to Cite

Harrison, K. and Hefner, V. (2008) Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders, in The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (eds S. L. Calvert and B. J. Wilson), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Georgetown University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405144179

Online ISBN: 9781444302752

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Keywords:

  • conceptual distinctions - body image and eating disorders;
  • eating disorders;
  • body image;
  • American mass media - thin body ideal;
  • ideal-body portrayals;
  • thin-ideal media;
  • social learning/modeling

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definitions, Significance, Prevalence, and Risk Factors

  • The Thin Body Ideal in American Mass Media

  • Effects of Exposure to Thin-Ideal Media

  • Theoretical Mechanisms Underlying Observed Correlations and Effects

  • Moderators of the Effects of Thin-Ideal Media

  • Outstanding Theoretical Questions and Problems

  • Mitigating Adverse Effects

  • Conclusion

  • References