A 1995 study by Harvard’s Dr. Anne Becker, studied Western television programs such as ER, Melrose Place and Xena: Warrior Princess in Fiji, and how it affects young women’s body image.
A surprising follow-up study reported 74% of Fijian girls felt “too fat or big” and 62% had dieted in the last month — surprising in a culture that typically upholds curvaceous women as beautiful.
Television and toys targeted to children under the age of 10 have taken serious hits from our culture of “perfect bodies”:
The modification of children’s toys and cartoons is only the beginning. In addition, with the rampant Photoshopping that occurs in magazines and on television, young people can have a difficult time conceptualizing what a “normal” body looks like.
To help instill a healthy, positive body image, the National Eating Disorders Organization created these tips: