The effect of objectifying media images on eating pathology : an experimental study comparing Australian and Asian females

Charmain TAN, Victoria YEUNG, Tara DE PAOLI, Stephen LOUGHNAN, Isabel KRUG

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Abstract

Introduction: The onset of eating pathology has commonly been attributed to media influences. However, most of these studies have not included an experimental design and have mainly concentrated on Caucasian samples, with limited research on non-Western populations. 
Objective: To assess whether exposure to either objectifying female media images or neutral images (e.g. chairs) had an impact on eating pathology and self-objectification and whether this effect was different for Australian and Asian females. 
Method: A total sample of 301 female participants [Caucasian Australians (n=97); Asians grown up in Australia (n=70), Asians currently residing in Australia (n=60) and Chinese living in Hong Kong (n=74)] were exposed to a slideshow of either objectifying women (n=147) or neutral (n=154) images. Variables associated with the objectification framework and eating pathology were assessed through self-report. 
Results: State self-objectification was higher in individuals who were exposed to the objectifying media images, regardless of ethnicity (p <0.01). Caucasians had significantly higher BMI and greater body surveillance compared to the Chinese population (p<0.01), and more trait self-objectification and body surveillance compared to Asians residing in Australia (p<0.05). Similarly, Asians who grew up in Australia demonstrated higher trait self-objectification compared to Asians residing in Australia (p<0.05), and body surveillance and food preoccupation compared to the Chinese sample (p<0.05). 
Conclusions: The results indicated that self-objectification can be elicited from exposure to objectifying media images in women from varying cultural backgrounds. This understanding is crucial to the development of preventive measures of eating pathology.
Original languageEnglish
PagesP6
Number of pages1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2015
Event2015 Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference: Riding the Waves to Recovery - Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, Surfers Paradise, Australia
Duration: 21 Aug 201522 Aug 2015
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Conference

Conference2015 Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference
Abbreviated title2015 ANZAED Conference
CountryAustralia
CitySurfers Paradise
Period21/08/1522/08/15
OtherThe 13th annual conference of the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) "Riding the Waves to Recovery" was held on 21-22 August 2015 at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Over 300 delegates attended the conference from all over the world, presenting 72 Oral papers and 26 Posters following peer review by the Scientific Committee.
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Bibliographical note

Abstract of presentation is published in "Journal of Eating Disorders", 30(Suppl 1), P6. doi: 10.1186/2050-2974-3-S1-P6

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TAN, C., YEUNG, V., DE PAOLI, T., LOUGHNAN, S., & KRUG, I. (2015). The effect of objectifying media images on eating pathology : an experimental study comparing Australian and Asian females. P6. Poster session presented at 2015 Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference, Surfers Paradise, Australia. https://doi.org/10.1186/2050-2974-3-S1-P6