The relationship between media exposure and antifat attitudes: the role of dysfunctional appearance beliefs

Body Image. 2009 Jan;6(1):52-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2008.09.001. Epub 2008 Nov 7.


This study examined the relationship between media exposure, antifat attitudes, and body dissatisfaction, as well as the mediating effect of dysfunctional appearance beliefs. A sample of 112 women completed surveys measuring media exposure, antifat attitudes, body dissatisfaction, and dysfunctional beliefs about appearance. It was found that time spent reading fashion magazines was positively correlated with antifat attitudes and that this relationship was mediated by dysfunctional beliefs about appearance. Measures of antifat attitudes and body dissatisfaction were both found to be correlated with endorsement of dysfunctional beliefs about appearance and body mass index. Results suggest that time spent reading fashion magazines may be related to antifat attitudes through dysfunctional appearance beliefs.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Image*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Media*
  • New England
  • Obesity*
  • Prejudice*
  • Stereotyping*