Next week an exciting event is taking place at U of Strathclyde: a meeting that will gather academics, clinicians and third-sector experts to discuss body image and eating disorders. The aim is to discuss gaps in our knowledge in these areas and propose a research agenda that would fill these gaps. I’ve worked on this project together with a colleague from Marketing, Dr Andrea Tonner, and Julie Cameron from the Mental Health Foundation. Read my post for the Glasgow City of Science blog here.
You may not be too surprised to find out that spending time on Facebook is linked to thoughts about our bodies and the bodies of our friends. But what exactly is the connection? Find out from our new study published online in the journal Women & Health, and co-authored by me, my good friend and fellow Mizzou alum Dr Yusuf Kalyango Jr and my former master’s student at University of Iowa Ellen Paasch.
I had the pleasure to present my work at the regional conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Poland. I gave a talk on online media and body image. Specifically, I shared my thoughts on how increasing young women’s media literacy can be used to protect their body image. I reviewed some popular media literacy websites and their joint features and identified gaps in their approaches in relation to social media.
One media literacy website example: http://www.about-face.org/