TV has significant effects on body image, expert says

11 January 2012

The emergence of popular reality television shows has created an obsession with body image in the UK and could potentially lead to an increase in the number of people opting for cosmetic surgery.

Karine Berthou, founder of the Succeed Foundation, a UK-based eating disorders charity, said: "Men are thinking more about [body image] – it's not about being happy or unhappy, they're just thinking more about their appearance."

"We have an obsession with having the perfect body," she added.

A study by the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England Bristol, in partnership with the Succeed Foundation, revealed that an increasing number of men have concerns about their body image in the same way that women do, with more than 58 per cent of men suggesting they have been personally affected by publicity in the media.

The online study also found that 95.5 per cent of men said they had seen or heard discussions about body image in the media.

Ms Berthou also mentioned that society and reality television shows do not help to convey more positive attitudes towards body image and that more research needs to be done on how far the negative connotations alter people's lives.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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