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.
Boonparlit, Nichapar, "Food, Media and Body Image: On how food and body type influences internalization and resulting viewer Body Dissatisfaction" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7684.
body image, body image dissatisfaction, eating disorders, cognitive dissonance, food, thin, full-figured, internalization
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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