Body Image Dissatisfaction: Normative Discontent?

Body Image Dissatisfaction: Normative Discontent? Sex Roles (2008) 59:292–293 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9399-1 BOOK REVIEW Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children, revised edition, by Sarah Grogan, New York, Routledge, 2007. 250 pp. $33.95 (paperback). ISBN-10: 0415358213 Heather Littleton Published online: 26 February 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 It has been stated that negative body image can be culture and discussion of the current slender ideal for considered a “normative discontent” among individuals, females and the slim and muscular ideal for men. Grogan particularly women, in Western societies (Cash and Henry deconstructs the notion that the current body image ideal 1995). Research into body image has increased dramatical- necessarily represents a healthy body, particularly for ly in recent years. Indeed, in 2004 the journal Body Image women She highlights the variability in the ideal body was founded to publish articles exclusively on this topic image in different time periods. Grogan also briefly and received over 120 submissions in its first year (Cash discusses what she dubs the “anti-dieting movement” and 2005). Given the volume of research being conducted in body modification as recent cultural trends related to body this area, it seems necessary then that an updated version of image. Sex Roles Springer Journals

Body Image Dissatisfaction: Normative Discontent?

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