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Self-enhancing effects of exposure to thin-body images.
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PMID:  15048948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study examines the effect of thin-body media images on mood, self-esteem, and self-image ratings of restrained and unrestrained eaters. A secondary purpose was to examine whether these effects were influenced by exposure duration. METHOD: Under the guise of a perception study, participants were exposed to thin-body or control advertisements (e.g., perfume bottles) for either 7 or 150 ms and then completed a questionnaire packet. RESULTS: Restrained eaters reported more favorable self-image and social self-esteem (but not appearance self-esteem) scores after exposure to thin-body images than after exposure to control advertisements. The self-image and social self-esteem scores of unrestrained eaters were unaffected by advertisement type, but their appearance self-esteem scores were lower after exposure to thin-body advertisements. No differences were found for mood ratings and total self-esteem. DISCUSSION: We discuss restraint status as a moderator of the effects of thin-body images on women's body image.
Ramona Joshi; C Peter Herman; Janet Polivy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of eating disorders     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0276-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Eat Disord     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-29     Completed Date:  2004-07-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111226     Medline TA:  Int J Eat Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 35: 333-341, 2004.
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Body Image*
Body Weight*
Eating Disorders / epidemiology,  psychology*
Food Habits
Self Concept*
Social Desirability

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