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Representations of celebrities' weight and shape during pregnancy and postpartum: a content analysis of three entertainment magazine websites.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21873126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Entertainment magazine websites provide a continuous stream of celebrity news accessed by over 13 million unique viewers each month. Celebrities' experiences of pregnancy and new motherhood appear to be popular topics within these media outlets; however, little research has investigated the content of this coverage. In this study, investigators coded articles (N=387) published between August 1, 2007 and August 1, 2008 on three popular entertainment magazine websites. Relatively few articles about celebrities' pregnancies discussed weight (13%) or shape (30%), and an even smaller proportion (6.2%) included any discussion of postpartum body dissatisfaction. This suggests a gap between portrayal of celebrities' pregnancies and postpartum experiences and those of non-celebrity women. This disparity is concerning as it might lead to unrealistic expectations about pregnancy and postpartum for both pregnant readers and a more general audience. This study provides important initial information about the messages these media provide regarding pregnancy-related appearance.
Rachel W Gow; Janet A Lydecker; Jennifer D Lamanna; Suzanne E Mazzeo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-08-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Body image     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1873-6807     ISO Abbreviation:  Body Image     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-26     Completed Date:  2012-05-23     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101222431     Medline TA:  Body Image     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  172-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23220, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Image*
Body Size*
Body Weight*
Famous Persons*
Infant, Newborn
Internal-External Control
Periodicals as Topic*
Postpartum Period / psychology*
Pregnancy / psychology*
Thinness / psychology
Grant Support
K01 MH068520-05/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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