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J Homosex. 2004;47(3-4):45-58.

Body image, eating disorders, and the drive for muscularity in gay and heterosexual men: the influence of media images.

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  • 1OISE/University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6, Canada. scott.duggan@utoronto.ca

Abstract

This Internet research project examined the relationship between consumption of muscle and fitness magazines and/or various indices of pornography and body satisfaction in gay and heterosexual men. Participants (N = 101) were asked to complete body satisfaction questionnaires that addressed maladaptive eating attitudes, the drive for muscularity, and social physique anxiety. Participants also completed scales measuring self-esteem, depression, and socially desirable responding. Finally, respondents were asked about their consumption of muscle and fitness magazines and pornography. Results indicated that viewing and purchasing of muscle and fitness magazines correlated positively with levels of body dissatisfaction for both gay and heterosexual men. Pornography exposure was positively correlated with social physique anxiety for gay men. The limitations of this study and directions for future research are outlined.

PMID:
15451703
DOI:
10.1300/J082v47n03_03
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