University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
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.
- 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
Body image disturbance; Body image in men; College students; Ethnicity; Human body in mass media
Mass Communication | Mental and Social Health | Other Sociology
An Examination of ethnic differences in body image among male college students.
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