Black People : African American women less vulnerable to media-driven body dissatisfaction

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    African-American women less vulnerable to media-driven body dissatisfaction

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s no secret that media images of the “ideal” body type can lead women to be critical of their own bodies and can even contribute to eating disorders.
    However, with the start of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week today, a University of Florida researcher points to a study showing that African-American women are less susceptible to media-driven body dissatisfaction.
    While previous studies have shown the negative influence of thinner-than-average models on body image, the UF study by exercise psychologist Heather Hausenblas shows that race can have a moderating effect.
    “We’re bombarded with media images of what’s considered ideal. We wanted to measure the influence of race on how that makes women feel about their bodies,” said Hausenblas, who co-authored the research with doctoral student Ninoska DeBraganza. “We know that African-American women report less body dissatisfaction overall than Caucasian women, who are the most affected of all ethnicities. But to my knowledge, no study on media influence had ever taken the ethnicity of the models into account.”
    In the study, published in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Black Studies, Hausenblas showed two sets of photographs to 31 Caucasian and 30 African-American undergraduate students.
    Both sets of slides showed images of white female models from magazines and catalogs. One set represented the slender “media ideal,” while the other models’ figures were more representative of average build. After viewing the “ideal” slides, white women reported more body dissatisfaction than they had felt before viewing them. After white women viewed the “average” models, however, they felt better about their bodies. African-American women, in contrast, reported no change in their body satisfaction after viewing either set of slides.
    The study used Caucasian models to reflect the majority of images in magazines and catalogs. The resulting impact on the white women’s body dissatisfaction may suggest that they were more inclined to compare themselves to the models than the African-American women were, Hausenblas said.
    Kevin Thompson, a psychology professor at the University of South Florida, said the study poses some intriguing questions.

  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Not to say or imply that Black women don't have eating disorders, but, IMO, most Black women know White advertising isn't geared towards them anyway.

    ....Black women are not the demographic White fashion media targets.

    ....Now, it's been around for a loooong time...and I'm not even sure if it's true really....but it has been said since back-in-the-day that Gloria Vanderbilt made once commented that her jeans weren't made for Black women.

    ....And true or not, it's still correct cuz Black women got BOOTY. lol