Obesity (Silver Spring) 2007 Mar;15(3):712-8
Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620-7200, USA.
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Body Image 2008 Jun 5;5(2):141-51. Epub 2008 May 5.
Department of Communications, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA.
Television programs portray characters with idealized body types that for most viewers are unattainable. These body types have become a common source of comparison for many young viewers who evaluate their own self-worth and bodies based on the models they see on television. This study examines body weight, both in terms of frequency and portrayals, focusing on how preadolescent and adolescent characters' bodies are presented on the sitcoms from three children's television networks. Read More
Obesity (Silver Spring) 2008 Nov;16 Suppl 2:S11-7
Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, USA.
Objective: The purpose of the current study was to verify the occurrence of body size stigmatization in Hispanic preschoolers who are "at risk" for obesity and to examine potential predictors of body size stigmatization.
Methods And Procedures: At a local preschool, 70 lower-socioeconomic, Hispanic caregivers and their preschoolers participated. Preschoolers completed an attribution task including positive and negative adjectives to assess body size stigmatization. Read More
Am J Public Health 2003 Aug;93(8):1342-8
Department of Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824, USA.
Objectives: This study examined the distribution and individual characteristics of body types on prime-time television.
Methods: Five episodes of each of the 10 top-rated prime-time fictional programs on 6 broadcast networks during the 1999-2000 season were quantitatively analyzed.
Results: Of 1018 major television characters, 14% of females and 24% of males were overweight or obese, less than half their percentages in the general population. Read More
Body Image 2011 Jan 3;8(1):90-2. Epub 2010 Dec 3.
Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620, USA.
YouTube.com is an internet website that is viewed by two billion individuals daily, and thus may serve as the source of images and messages regarding weight acceptance or weight bias. In the current study, a targeted sample of YouTube videos that displayed fat stigmatization were content rated on a variety of video characteristics. Read More