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Author: Field, Alison E.; Camargo Jr., Carlos A.; Taylor, C. Barr; Berkey, Catherine S.; Colditz, Graham A.
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CMCH Synopsis: This study examined the effects of media imagery on girls' attitudes about weight and their likelihood of purging to lose weight. Besides age this study also took into consideration the maturational development of the almost 7000 preadolescent and adolescent girls who participated. They found that about 1% of the girls began purging at least monthly to control their weight. Peers and the media were considered the most influential on the girls. Center on Media and Child Health
Year: 1999
Article Title: Relation of peer and media influences to the development of purging behaviors among preadolescent and adolescent girls
Journal: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Volume: 153
Issue: 11
Pages: 1184-1189
ISSN: 1072-4710
Source of Funding: Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center (DK 46200); National Institutes of Health (HL-03533 and DK-46834); Knoll Pharmaceuticals
Study Design: Correlational Study
Publication Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Adolescence (13-17 yrs), Childhood (birth-12 yrs), School Age (6-12 yrs)
Keywords: Adolescent Attitudes
Adolescent Development
Age Differences
Body Image
Eating Disorders
Motion Pictures
Peer Group
Physical Appearance
Print Media
Public Health
Social Norms
Thin Ideal
Thin Ideal (Media Content)
Weight Loss



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