Effect of Television Media on Body Image in Adolescent Girls Diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.

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Effect of Television Media on Body Image in Adolescent Girls diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Research has continually revealed that television media has had an impact on viewers, however, more specifically studies have indicated that the adolescent has been most impacted especially the population that are diagnosed with eating disorders. In particular, this study will examine the adolescent population diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa usually begins with the adolescent experiencing a negative misperception of their body image which leads to a lack of satisfaction with their body, low self-esteem and the desire to become thin. The adolescent female is influenced by the image of the thin models and movies stars and…show more content…
It appears that these eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are linked to the drive for thinness and have appeared before in adolescence girls. (Harrison et. al., 2006, p. 153). The results of this study indicated that television viewing predicts disordered eating in preadolescent girls without yet influencing their current body ideal. (Harrison et. al, 2006 p. 162) The last study examined media exposure and disordered eating. Irving (2001), stated reported that children ages eight to eighteen spend at least 6 ½ hours daily using computers, watching television, playing video games, and is expressed to approximately 3,000 advertisements. Many studies confirm that exposure to the media influences behavior and attitudes. (Irving, 2001, p. 259) This study also indicated that the impact of the thin beauty ideal on women’s body-related attitudes and behaviors has been the participant of investigation for the awhile. (Irving, 2001, p. 259). In particular the “hypothesis explored is that increasingly thin standard of female beauty has led to increases in weight and shape preoccupation, dieting, and disordered eating in girls and women.” (Irving, 2001 p. 260) Subsequently, the purpose of this research is to determine not only if does TV media does have an impact on body image in adolescent
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