The Influence of Television and Film Viewing on Midlife Women's Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Food Choice

  title={The Influence of Television and Film Viewing on Midlife Women's Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Food Choice},
  author={Veronica Hefner and Kelly Woodward and Laura Figge and Jennifer L. Bevan and Nicole Santora and Sabeen Baloch},
  journal={Media Psychology},
  pages={185 - 207}
A recent trend in screen media is the casting of older women who have bodies that are the shapes and sizes of younger women. These aging beauties can be found in shows such as Cougar Town and Desperate Housewives. It was predicted that heavy viewers of these media would report stronger eating disorder symptomatology, greater body ideal discrepancies, and stricter food choices than light viewers. Participants were 166 midlife women (M: 44.57 years) who completed an online questionnaire that… 

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