PSY 470 Week 5 Body Image Worksheet



Topic:
Disorders of Addiction, Sex and Gender


 

Directions:
Complete the following media matrix while thinking about questions 1-5. Answer
the short essay question at the end of the worksheet using the information
collected, information from your textbook, and research from the GCU library to
support your essay.

 

Media Watch

 

For 3 days, keep track of the following: How
many women and how many men were Very thin? Thin? Muscular? Average? Heavy?

 

Use the matrix to keep track of your
information, by typing directly into each individual cell.

 




 


Appearance
(very thin, thin, muscular, heavy, average)


Show
(name of the show, channel, cable, time of
day)


Commercial
(what is being advertised, time of day)


Other media
(advertising, magazines, billboards)


Age (approximate)


Comments/
observations




Men


 


 


 


 


 


 




Women


 


 


 


 


 


 




 


 


 


 


 


 


 




 

Answer
the following questions using the information you collected in your 3-day media
watch.

 

Your
answers for questions 1-5 need to be complete sentences.

 

1.     
In
your 3-day watch, did you observe more thin women than average-sized or heavy
women? If so, what differences did you notice in the characters they
played/products they sold?

 

2.     
Did
you detect more average-sized men than heavy men? Were there more muscular men
than average-sized or heavy men? If so, what differences did you notice in the
characters they played/products they sold?

 

3.     
In
your 3-day media watch, did you notice a relationship between types of shows
and the types of bodies depicted? For example, were there more thin or muscular
bodies depicted on programming aimed at young people (e.g., music television)
as opposed to programming aimed at older viewers (e.g., television magazine
shows)?

 

4.     
What
effects do you believe the media (ads, television shows, movies, etc.) has on
individuals in our society?

 

5.      Some of today’s researchers contend that
women are depicted in the popular media not only as being unrealistically thin,
but also are more often depicted in a sexualized manner than men (that is,
wearing “sexy” clothes, speaking in a suggestive manner, appearing to be
undressed). Did you find this to be true in your 3-day watch? Do you think this
is related to the emphasis on unrealistic body types?

 

In 250-500 words,
analyze the various behavior patterns you have seen that could lead to anorexia
or bulimia; as well as, listing some treatments available for those who suffer
from eating disorders. Use the information collected in your 3-day media study,
your textbook, and the GCU library to answer and support your claims. APA
format is not required for this short essay, but solid academic writing is
expected along with a reference page. 

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