Abstract

Body image is a multidimensional construct. Having a negative body image can result in social difficulties and the practice of physically harmful behavior. Negative body images are linked to body image dissatisfaction and negative feelings or perceptions about the body, which can result in the development of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia. This experiment paired images of thin and full-figured models with healthy and unhealthy food to see if women reported different levels of body dissatisfaction. Results found no significant differences across the conditions. It is believed that the internalization of the images was not strong enough to produce the significant results expected but further research utilizing emotional cues or in vivo eating may produce results that could guide more holistic treatments for eating disorders.

Advisor

Karazsia, Bryan

Department

Psychology

Disciplines

Clinical Psychology

Publication Date

2017

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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