Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 4, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Anschutz, D.J., Engels, R.C., Becker, E.S., Van Strien, T. (2009). The effects of TV commercials using less thin models on young women's mood, body image and actual food intake. Body Image, Available Online August 19. This… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Featured Books

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Here is a list of published and upcoming titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health. Please let us know about any new books you would like to see highlighted in the future! Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture by Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky (eds) (2009)  The authors… Read more »

Featured Books

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Here is a list of published and upcoming titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health. Please let us know about any new books you would like to see highlighted in the future! Children and the Internet (2009) by Sonia Livingstone This new book addresses pressing questions such as: Is the internet… Read more »

Using Media to Show Instead of Tell

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Last week, we blogged about an op-ed on photo retouching and body image by filmmaker Jesse Epstein.  Here, Jesse joins us as a guest blogger to expand upon the educational efforts she is working on.  I spent my formative childhood years in Mozambique Africa, where full bodies and “child bearing hips” were celebrated. When I… Read more »

Achieving Perfect Beauty with an Airbrush

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Filmmaker Jesse Epstein recently published a video Op-Ed on the New York Times website.  This behind-the-scenes talk with real photo retouchers explores how pervasive this practice is within the beauty industry, and how it affects people’s perceptions of their own beauty. In the video she mentions a 2007 study which found that just 3 minutes… Read more »

Can Reading Help Kids Lose Weight?

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We know that reading offers a wide variety of benefits, but is encouraging weight loss one of them? According to a new study by Duke University researchers, the answer might be yes–when you’re reading the right kind of book. Healthy Lifestyles, Duke’s six-month childhood obesity program, gave 31 of its 81 participants a book called… Read more »

Books + Video Games = Increased Reading?

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Virtually all young people in the U.S. play video games, according to a recent Pew Internet study, but fewer and fewer seem to be reading books for fun. As a recent study from the National Endowment for the Arts reports, less than one third of thirteen-year-olds are daily readers. There are a variety of approaches… Read more »

2 Hours of TV, 7 Minutes of Reading

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A report released by the National Endowment for the Arts this month confirmed what many already suspected:  Children are reading less.  Over the past 15 years, the amount of time children spend reading has fallen 13% and their reading ability has declined — only one third of high school seniors are capable of reading the… Read more »

You Can’t Skip *These* Ads

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You thought you were saved from marketing schemes because you skip commercials with TiVo, hop from one radio station to another, or opt for books instead?  Think again. When technological change allows users to avoid one kind of ad, marketers change the shape of advertising so you can no longer avoid it.  Here are some… Read more »