Self-esteem and negative emotions (e.g., depression) have been proposed as mediators in the relationship between body dissatisfaction and disordered eating . The present study examined whether the cross-sectional association between body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem varies across gender. literature examining the relationship between body image dissatisfaction and self -esteem, some research has suggested that they are negatively correlated, in.
Strengths of the current investigation include the large, school-based, racially and ethnically diverse sample, and the use of established, validated measures for the assessment of body dissatisfaction and self-esteem in adolescents. In addition, while the presence of two time points allowed us to examine longitudinal change in the association between body dissatisfaction and self-esteem, additional measurements would have increased our ability to understand developmental changes across the entire adolescent period of development.
Moreover, since our study is primarily correlational we can only speculate about the direction of the observed associations. It is reasonable to hypothesize that body dissatisfaction and self-esteem have a reciprocal relationship and that pathways in both directions begin early in life.
Finally, in the longitudinal analyses there were demographic differences between responders and non-responders at Time 2, and while we used propensity weighting to adjust for these differences, it is possible that differences remained even after weighting.
These results suggest that it is not only in white girls that greater body dissatisfaction should be considered a risk for low self-esteem. Elevated body dissatisfaction may not be as prevalent in some groups, such as boys and black girls, but when it does occur, it appears to have similar implications for self-esteem.
This finding might argue for the inclusion of all adolescents with high body dissatisfaction, regardless of socio-demographic groups, in prevention efforts to reduce body dissatisfaction and increase self-esteem with the possible exception of underweight girls. Unfortunately, the majority of available body dissatisfaction and eating disorder preventive interventions are designed for and targeted at girls, and often specifically white girls The results of the current study suggest that the development of preventive interventions aimed at and tailored to a much broader range of demographic groups of adolescents may be warranted, and that such interventions, if found to be effective, may have the potential to improve the risk of disordered eating and low self-esteem of many adolescents.
Overall, clinicians and others working with youth should continue to be mindful of the important role of appearance as related to self-esteem in the lives of nearly all youth today. Based on our findings, adolescents who express overly negative evaluations of their bodies or appearance should be considered at risk of lowered self-esteem. This risk, while somewhat lower in some groups of adolescents, nonetheless applies to nearly all youth, including non-white adolescents and boys. Bearinger from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Holmstrom focused on 34 studies that used media as the independent variable and a form of body image dissatisfaction as the dependent variable and the overall effect size was small. Surprisingly, the research showed that women reported feeling better about their bodies after viewing overweight images and had no change in body image after viewing thin bodies.
These findings blur the potential relationship between body image and media and suggest a need to further investigate. A more recent meta-analysis conducted by Ferguson extended the work of HolmstromGrabe and colleagues and other researchers, and incorporated findings from studies. A major point that Ferguson honed in on was publication bias ; more specifically, that statistically significant results are more likely to be published and null findings are not, with meta-analyses being a collection of biased findings.
Ferguson found little to no relationship between media and body dissatisfaction in males, however, there was a higher, but very small, prevalence in females, especially for those with a predisposition for body image issues.
Overall, the meta-analysis encouraged researchers to be more conservative in their assertions of a relationship between social media and body dissatisfaction due to inflated effect sizes, study design limitations, and publication bias. Social Media Usage Social media offers a collaborative space for social interaction between seemingly infinite numbers of people. Several benefits have been identified in relation to the routine use of social media platforms.
Although there are several benefits associated with the use of social mediaspecifically image based social mediasome uses of these platforms may lead to potentially unwanted effects. The primary image based social media platforms this review examines are Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Lewallen and Behm-Morawitz suggest that adolescent girls and young women following fitness boards on Pinterest were more likely to report intentions to engage in extreme weight-loss behaviors, such as crash dieting or a radical exercise plan.
In response to images viewed on the fitness boards on Pinterest, these adolescent girls and young women initiated a process of self-reflection, which increased intention to engage in extreme weight-loss behaviors. Overall, the results of this study revealed that social media environments might influence adolescent girls and young women to engage in social comparison leading to feelings of inadequacy and body dissatisfaction Alperstein, Furthermore, based on the results of this study and others, negative body image concerns appear to be higher for those who internalized negative messages and images Alperstein, ; Bell, In order to investigate the underlying processes, one study investigated over seventh graders and found that adolescent girls who shared more photos online, such as selfies, and used more photoshop felt worse about their appearance and exhibited greater eating concerns McLean et al.
Specifically, some studies suggest greater usage of social media heighten body dissatisfaction due to an increase in appearance-related comments from friends de Vries et al. Using applications and other editing devices, such as Photoshop, to alter selfies is nothing new for many teens and women. Thanks to an array of free applications, people can alter the way their bodies look in photos with a swipe or a click.
Teens can cover up blemishes, alter their facial shape, and manipulate their bodies to look thinner and more attractive e. Even the popular socialites Kim and Khloe Kardashian have utilized Photoshop to post edited selfies for their Instagram accounts.
Instagram and Body Dissatisfaction Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms Kharpal, It allows users to communicate solely through posting and sharing photos. Researchers have looked at the role of Instagram on body image with adolescent girls and young women, the most frequent users of the social media platform. Fitspiration is a movement that promotes a healthy lifestyle, primarily through food and exercise. Despite its good intentions, researchers have suggested dysfunctional themes in the images and messages.
For instance, when over fitspiration images were studied, one major theme regarding the female body emerged: In addition, most images were found to contain elements objectifying the female body. However, we must wonder whether the blogs themselves are problematic or if the viewers are construing the content in a negative way.
In other words, are certain individuals viewing a toned or thin body, comparing themselves to it, and then feeling bad about their own body? In other words, the college students who viewed fitspiration images felt worse about themselves and their bodies compared to the students who viewed neutral images. Limitations of these studies need to be kept in mind when interpreting the findings. Using travel photos as a control to fitspiration may not have isolated the variable of interest and resulted in inaccurate findings.
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We expect humans to socially compare themselves to other humans more than they do with landscape. Future studies should consider incorporating control photos featuring attractive, but average-sized women, for example, to produce more comparable results.
Facebook and Body Dissatisfaction Alongside Pinterest and Instagram, Facebook is common among adolescent girls and is associated with body dissatisfaction Kimbrough et al. For example, Tiggeman and Slater found that teenage girls who used Facebook were more concerned with monitoring body appearance, idealizing thinness, and pursuing thinness, than were teenage girls who did not use Facebook. Furthermore, in comparison to viewing an appearance-neutral website i.
Meier and Grayfor example, found that time spent on photo activity, rather than time spent on Facebook generally, was linked to thin-idealization, self-objectification, weight dissatisfaction, and pursuit of thinness. People tend to post attractive images of themselves on social media platforms Manago et al.
In Summary The popularity of media, particularly social mediain youth makes it a potentially influential force. The findings discussed above provide a foundation for future research and have opened up important discussions on how social media use may influence body dissatisfaction. However, many studies are correlational, and the causal mechanisms behind the potential relationships are still unknown.
Much of the findings may be applicable to an individual and not generalizable to the general public. Much work is needed in the future to parse apart potential factors for causation such as peer pressure and photo editing capabilities.