Body Image and Media Messages

Discussion – Week 10

 

Beauty images shown through the media are often unrealistic. Nevertheless, it’s difficult for children and adolescents, both male and female, to stop comparing themselves to the images they may see on television, in the movies, and in magazines. Generally, these comparisons can result in bad feelings about body image and one’s self-concept. As a consequence, children and adolescents might strive to attain the perfect body image and consider these goals as realistic. The result can be the development of an eating disorder.

For this Discussion, select an advertisement about body image, weight, food, etc., in today’s media. Think about your reactions to the advertisement. What did you think and feel about the advertisement? Consider how it might promote negative feelings about body image for a child or adolescent.

References:
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (2008). Teenagers with eating disorders. Retrieved from www.aacap.org
Page, E. (1994, July 28). Christy Henrich, 22, gymnast, suffered from anorexia. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1994/07/28/obituaries/christy-henrich-22-gymnast-who-suffered-from-anorexia.html
National Institute of Health. (2010). Eating disorders. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the advertisement you selected. Then, explain how this advertisement made you feel and explain why. Finally, explain one way this advertisement might affect a child or adolescent and how. Be specific.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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Required Resources

Readings

· Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015). Diagnosing and treating children and adolescents: A guide for clinical and school settings. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Chapter 13 “Feeding and        Eating Disorders”

· Geller, J., & Dunn, E. C. (2011). Integrating motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of eating disorders: Tailoring interventions to patient readiness to change Click for more options . Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18(1), 5–15.
© 2011 by ELSEVIER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JOURNALS. Reprinted by permission of ELSEVIER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JOURNALS via the Copyright Clearance Center.

· Raich, R. M., Portell, M., & Pelaez-Fernandez, M. A. (2010). Evaluation of a school-based programme of universal eating disorders prevention: Is it more effective in girls at risk? Click for more options European Eating Disorders Review, 18(1), 49–57.
© 2010 by JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. Reprinted by permission of JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

· DSM-5 BridgeDocument:Eating Disorders and Body Image Click for more options

Optional Resources

· Francisco, R., Narciso, I., & Alarcoa, M. (2013). Parental influences on elite aesthetic athletes’ body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 22(8), 1082–1091.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

· Khan, F., & Chowdhury, U. (2011). Eating disorders in children and adolescents. British Journal of Medical Practitioners, 4(1), 10–15.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

· Lock, J., & Fitzpatrick, K. K. (2009). Advances in psychotherapy for children and adolescents with eating disorders. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 63(4), 287–303.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

· Talleyrand, R. M. (2010). Eating disorders in African American girls: Implications for counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88(3), 319–324.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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