Can media use cause teens to be unhappy with their bodies and contribute to eating disorders?

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Q: You have mentioned research showing that using certain media can make teens sad and/or anxious and that there are also studies linking negative feelings to unhealthy eating habits. Therefore, do you think that negative feelings resulting from teens’ media use, as opposed to real-life events, can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors? ~  Starving for Approval, USA… Read more »

I’m a seventh grader doing a project on how social media use affects body image – what does the research show?

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Q: I am a 7th grader working on an independent research project about whether using social media can be addictive and how using social media affects adolescent girls’ body image. What does the scientific research show? And how can I learn more about this? ~ Scrutinizing Social Media, Wellesley, MA Dear Scrutinizing, As a seventh grader,… Read more »

Latest Studies Added to the CMCH Database of Research

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We're hard at working adding new studies on media and child health to our database of research. Check out some of the latest! Bruce, A.L., et al. (2012). Brain responses to food logos in obese and healthy weight children. The Journal of Pediatrics, 162(4), 759-764. This study found that when presented with food icons, obese… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Check out some of the latest studies added to the CMCH Database of Research. Borzekowski, D.L.G., et al. (2010). The role of Kilimani Sesame in the healthy development of Tanzanian preschool children. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(4), 298-305. The authors found that children who watched the Tanzanian production of “Sesame Street” exhibited prosocial behaviors,… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Take a look at some of the latest studies added to the CMCH Database! Bleakley, A., et al. (2008). It works both ways: The relationship between exposure to sexual content in the media and adolescent sexual behavior. Media Psychology, 11(4), 443-461. Adolescents who are sexually active are more likely to look at media with sexual… Read more »

Connections in News, Media, and Research: Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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From February 24 to March 2, we observe Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Here is some news, research, and media on the subject. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association. You can learn about them here. Have you heard of "pro-ana" websites? User-generated and maintained web communities, pro-anorexia sites offer… Read more »