Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Abstract

Body Image and Culture

  • Limited research examines body image in males and ethnic minorities.
  • Appearance ideals are often defined by an individual's membership in a given culture.
  • Western cultures puts considerable emphasis on physical appearance.
  • There is variability across cultures with regards to male body image.

Body Image and Media

  • Western Media negatively influences body image.
  • Media's portrayal of male bodies have become more muscular over the years.
  • Contemporary male ideal body is highly muscular, lean, tall, with broad shoulders, a brawny chest, and a slim waist.

Body Dissatisfaction

  • Negative body Image: being dissatisfied with one's appearance
  • Has been linked to obsessive exercise, the use of anabolic steroids, increased food supplement intake, eating pathology, depression, and low self-esteem.
  • Stronger relationship between media exposure and body dissatisfaction in college men.

Goals of this Study

  • Test mean levels of body image and ethnic identity
  • Examine whether ethnic identity influences body image
  • We hypothesized that ethnic identity would influence body image in men

Keywords

Body image disturbance; Body image in men; College students; Ethnicity; Human body in mass media

Disciplines

Mass Communication | Mental and Social Health | Other Sociology

Language

English

Comments

Mentor: Cortney S. Warren


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