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Television affects female body ideals

Work by Dr Martin Tovee, reader in visual cognition and colleagues on populations in Nicaragua has revealed that access to Western media influences people's ideal female body shape. The researchers compared populations living in remote villages with little access to television with those in an urban area with widespread television access. Those from the urban areas preferred thinner female body shapes.

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You can access the full article in the British Journal of Psychology.


published on: 23 February 2016