Hollywood and the Obsession with the Perfect Body

Hollywood and the Obsession with the Perfect Body Sex Roles (2012) 66:695–697 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-0076-4 BOOK REVIEW Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders. By Emily Fox-Kales, Albany, NY, State University of New York Press, 2011. 195 pp. $22.95 (softcover). ISBN: 978-1-4384-3528-2 Jennifer Ann Harriger & J. Kevin Thompson Published online: 21 September 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 While it is widely accepted that body dissatisfaction and “socially redemptive message” (p. 94). Fox-Kales also eating disorders are the result of a variety of factors— incorporates accounts from patients and students who voice biological, familial, psychological, and sociocultural—and their responses to Hollywood films and describe the effects that not one particular factor can adequately account for the films have had on their own body image. She effectively development of such issues (Striegel-Moore and Bulik integrates the disciplines of psychology, gender studies and 2007), researchers agree that media influences do, at least cinema studies to provide an account of the damaging in part, impact the development of eating disorders. It has effects of Hollywood productions. been well documented that exposure to thin-ideal media Throughout the book, Fox-Kales addresses the toxic increases body dissatisfaction, internalization of the thin Hollywood culture and demonstrates how Hollywood films ideal, and disordered http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

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