Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Magazines, Teens, and Dieting

Hmmm. Is it possible that the girls who were found to have unhealthy food-related behaviors 5 years later were already insecure about their bodies at the time that magazine reading was counted, making them more likely to be interested in reading diet-related things and fluffy, superficial, image-based magazines in the first place? I'm not suggesting that pop culture and media have no influence on adolescent behavior, but am curious to find out if the study really supports the conclusions we're reading in the news outlets, such as the NYTimes piece linked below.

More on this later, after I get a chance to read the entire study.

Citation: van der Berg P, Neumark-Sztainer D, Hannan PJ, Haines J. Is dieting advice from magazines helpful or harmful? Five-year associations with weight-control behaviors and psychological outcomes in adolescents. Pediatrics. 2007 Jan;119(1):30-7. [Abstract]

Reading Diet Articles Could Be Unhealthy - NYTimes, via AP

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MeSH Tags: Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Body Image; Mass Media; Periodicals

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