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Int J Eat Disord. 2002 Apr;31(3):334-8.

The media's representation of the ideal male body: a cause for muscle dysmorphia?

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Staten Island Mental Health Society, Staten Island, New York 10301, USA. rleit@erols.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study sought to examine the effects of media images on men's attitudes toward their body appearance.

METHOD:

A group of college men viewed advertisements showing muscular men, whereas a control group viewed neutral advertisements. Immediately thereafter, participants performed a computerized test of body image perception while unaware of the hypotheses being tested in the study.

RESULTS:

The students exposed to the muscular images showed a significantly greater discrepancy between their own perceived muscularity and the level of muscularity that they ideally wanted to have.

DISCUSSION:

These findings suggest that media images, even in a brief presentation, can affect men's views of their bodies.

PMID:
11920996
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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