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Female Body Image

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Female Body Image
By: Alexa Abreu

What is body image?
Body image is the way that someone perceives their body and assumes others perceive them. This image is often affected by family, friends, social pressure, and the media.
Eating Disorders
95 percent of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
Only 10 percent of people suffering from an eating disorder will seek professional help.

Approximately 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Only 5 percent of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed in the media.
Studies show that the more reality television a young girl watches, the more likely she is to find appearance important.
More than 30 percent of women and 20 percent of men agreed they would consider cosmetic surgery in the future.
Depleting Body Image
By: Mary-Signe Chojnacki, Christina Grant, Kathryn Maguire, Katie Regan
The effects of female magazine models on the self-esteem and body image of college-age women
The Effects of Body Image On Self-Esteem Across Ethnicity
By: Lisa L. Thompson
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The different effects of body area satisfaction on self-esteem in black and white females.
Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression

Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
4% anorexia
3.9% bulimia
5.2% not reported

47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.

69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body.

42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner

81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
Study #1
Depleting Body Image
Identify the specific effects that the magazine portrayal of the “perfect” body has on college-age women’s body image and self-esteem.
Media contributes to women having negative body images and self-esteem due to the reinforcement of body shapes and sizes in magazines that are unrealistic for most women to attain.
1st- Survey administered to forty college-age women around the UW-Madison campus

2nd- observation, consisting of four groups of two college-age women

3rd- in-depth interviews of four college-age women

4th- experiment using twelve college-age women who were divided into three separate groups
The data found in this study showed that magazine models do not directly affect most college-age women who are confident about their body shape and size. However, those women who were unhappy with their body shape and size often felt negatively about their bodies and wanted to look more like the models portrayed in magazines.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Used 4 different methods
Only researched females from UW-Madison
ages 18- 24
Study #2
The Effect Of Body Image On Self-esteem Across Ethnicity
The different effects of body area satisfaction on self-esteem in black and white females.
Females with higher levels of body area satisfaction would have higher levels of self-esteem, and that black females would have higher levels of body area satisfaction than white females.
Survey to 26 female students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (13 African American, 13 White)
Rate their Self-Esteem from 10-40
The results did not indicate a significant difference between the body area satisfactions of black and white females.

Self-Esteem scores could range from 10-40:
black- 14-26
white 11-23

Strengths and Weaknesses
Variety of body shapes and weights
small number of females
Only African American and Whites
"If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well," Nina Bahadur
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