IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(6): 367-372 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.850

Unfiltered: The Effect of Media on Body Image Dissatisfaction

Andrea Stefania Levano Reategui and Robert Palmer
Abstract—With the onslaught of marketing and media – especially now being widely available and seen to youth, the idea of what is an ideal body type is widely being reported. With youth already facing many challenges of trying to understand and come to terms with the new online world, youth are taking often dangerous measures to fit a prototype. The focus of this study examines young dancers to determine the methods by which they form their idea about body image. As shown by the results, these children face significant challenges and often utilize unsafe health practices. This study examines and identifies potential issues and steps to build resiliency among children.

Index Terms—Body image, eating disorders, child health issues, social media.

Andrea Stefania Levano Reategui and Robert Palmer are with Bishops University, Canada (e-mail: alevano14@ubishops.ca, rpalmer@ubishops.ca).

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Cite: Andrea Stefania Levano Reategui and Robert Palmer, "Unfiltered: The Effect of Media on Body Image Dissatisfaction," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 367-372, 2017.

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