The Early Sexualization of Girls

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Anyone who has seen the minuscule outfits sported by Bratz dolls or watched a music video lately can tell you that young women and girls are increasingly being portrayed as sex objects.  Today, the American Psychological Association released a report on the sexualization of girls and women in advertising, merchandising, and media.  Their review of… Read more »

Fun Resources for Body Image Media Mastery

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Anyone who compares themselves to celebrities and models always falls short.  No one can live up to the flawless images in advertising or on the red carpet.  On top of having an entire staff of stylists ready to make them look good, photos are often digitally retouched for advertisements and magazines.  Next week, CMCH will… Read more »

Dieting Articles Lead to Unhealthy Weight Control

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In a 5-year study of over 2,500 teens, van den Berg et al found that reading magazine articles about diet and weight loss lead to unhealthy weight control behaviors among girls.  Compared to girls who did not read these articles, frequent readers were twice as likely to skip meals, fast, and smoke cigarettes, and three… Read more »