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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2012 Jun;59(3):693-704, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.03.017. Epub 2012 Apr 18.

Body image, eating disorders, and the relationship to adolescent media use.

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  • 1Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 North Broadway, #745, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


Historically and currently, media messages around body shape and size emphasize the importance of being below-average weight for women and hypermuscular for men. The media messages around physical appearance are not realistic for most and lead to body dissatisfaction for most adolescents. Interventions designed to mitigate the influence of negative media messages on adolescents' body image are presented; however, most have shown limited success.

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