Media Images of Anorexia: Effects of Moderate vs. Extreme Anorexia-Related Messages on Young Women

Dana Weimann-Saks, Hadar Eliash

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The aim of the study was to examine which type of anorexia-related messages have been presented on television and how they have affected young women in Israel. An empirical study was performed in two parts: (1) Anorexia-related stories that had aired on the news editions of commercial TV channels in Israel were categorized by code page. (2) A random sample was conducted among 291 women, aged 13–35. Every interviewee was requested to complete one online questionnaire that differed in its attached video message: an extreme or a moderate anorexia-related message. 71.4% of the tv-stories featured a young anorexic woman suffering from extreme underweight. Moreover, the extreme message resulted in higher reaction than the moderate message and less agreement with the message (rejecting anorexia and preferring that it be eradicated). Theoretical and practical implications of the findings will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-829
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020

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  • Anorexia
  • Entertainment-education
  • Health-communication
  • Internet
  • Persuasion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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