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Published on Jan 1, 2019in New Media & Society4.80
· DOI :10.1177/1461444818821064
Scott J. Fatt1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNSW: University of New South Wales),
Jasmine Fardouly9
Estimated H-index: 9
,
Ronald M. Rapee75
Estimated H-index: 75
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Exposure to fitspiration content via social media can influence women’s body satisfaction and exercise inspiration, but fitspiration exposure has not been investigated in men. This study examined links between the frequency of viewing fitspiration content on Instagram, and men’s body satisfaction, appearance-based exercise motivation and health-based exercise motivation, and whether those relationships were mediated by muscular-ideal internalisation and/or appearance comparison tendency. Participants were 17- to 27-year-old Australian men who used Instagram (N = 118). Frequency of viewing fitspiration content was not directly associated with body satisfaction or reasons for exercise. However, significant indirect pathways were observed through greater muscular-ideal internalisation and appearance comparison tendency. Viewing more fitspiration content was associated with greater muscular-ideal internalisation and higher appearance comparison tendency, which in turn was associated with less body satisfactio...
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Published on Jul 1, 2018in Journal of Health Psychology2.26
Marika Tiggemann74
Estimated H-index: 74
(Flinders University),
Mia Zaccardo3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Flinders University)
‘Fitspiration’ is an online trend designed to inspire viewers towards a healthier lifestyle by promoting exercise and healthy food. This study provides a content analysis of fitspiration imagery on the social networking site Instagram. A set of 600 images were coded for body type, activity, objectification and textual elements. Results showed that the majority of images of women contained only one body type: thin and toned. In addition, most images contained objectifying elements. Accordingly, w...
Published on Apr 1, 2018in New Media & Society4.80
Jasmine Fardouly9
Estimated H-index: 9
,
Brydie K Willburger1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNSW: University of New South Wales),
Lenny R. Vartanian30
Estimated H-index: 30
(UNSW: University of New South Wales)
This study examined the relationship between Instagram use (overall, as well as specifically viewing fitspiration images) and body image concerns and self-objectification among women between the ages of 18 and 25 from the United States (n = 203) and from Australia (n = 73). Furthermore, this study tested whether internalization of the societal beauty ideal, appearance comparison tendency in general, or appearance comparisons to specific target groups on Instagram mediated any relationships betwe...
Published on Sep 12, 2017in Sex Roles2.28
Ivanka Prichard11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Flinders University),
Annabel C. McLachlan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Flinders University)
+ 1 AuthorsMarika Tiggemann74
Estimated H-index: 74
(Flinders University)
The present study experimentally examined the impact of different forms of inspirational fitness images (“fitspiration”) on women’s body image. Australian female participants (n = 152, 17–30 years-old; M age = 21.55, SD = 3.94) were randomly assigned to view fitspiration media which depicted the body in a functional (performing exercise) or non-functional (posed) way, with or without accompanying appearance-focused text. There were no main effects of image type or text presence for body satisfac...
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Body Image3.12
Amy Slater21
Estimated H-index: 21
(University of the West of England),
Neesha Varsani1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of the West of England),
Phillippa C. Diedrichs15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of the West of England)
Abstract This study experimentally examined the impact of exposure to fitspiration images and self-compassion quotes on social media on young women’s body satisfaction, body appreciation, self-compassion, and negative mood. Female undergraduate students ( N = 160) were randomly assigned to view either Instagram images of fitspiration, self-compassion quotes, a combination of both, or appearance-neutral images. Results showed no differences between viewing fitspiration images compared to viewing ...
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Body Image3.12
Lily Robinson1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Flinders University),
Ivanka Prichard11
Estimated H-index: 11
(RMIT: RMIT University)
+ 3 AuthorsMarika Tiggemann74
Estimated H-index: 74
(Flinders University)
Abstract Recent studies have documented a shift in the cultural ideal of physical attractiveness, with women subscribing to a visibly toned ideal that emphasises health and fitness. The present study experimentally investigated the impact of athletic and muscular fitness-idealised images compared to traditional thin ideal images on women’s body dissatisfaction and exercise behaviour, under the framework of Social Comparison Theory. Participants were 106 female undergraduate students randomly ass...
Published on May 4, 2017in Health Communication1.85
Courtney C. Simpson6
Estimated H-index: 6
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University),
Suzanne E. Mazzeo30
Estimated H-index: 30
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)
ABSTRACTFitspiration is a relatively new social media trend nominally intended to promote health and fitness. Fitspiration messages are presented as encouraging; however, they might also engender body dissatisfaction and compulsive exercise. This study analyzed fitspiration content (n = 1050) on the image-based social media platform Pinterest. Independent raters coded the images and text present in the posts. Messages were categorized as appearance- or health-related, and coded for Social Cognit...
Published on Mar 29, 2017in Journal of Medical Internet Research4.95
Elise R. Carrotte8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Burnet Institute),
Ivanka Prichard11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Flinders University),
Megan S. C. Lim20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Burnet Institute)
Background: “Fitspiration” (also known as “fitspo”) aims to inspire individuals to exercise and be healthy, but emerging research indicates exposure can negatively impact female body image. Fitspiration is frequently accessed on social media; however, it is currently unclear the degree to which messages about body image and exercise differ by gender of the subject. Objective: The aim of our study was to conduct a content analysis to identify the characteristics of fitspiration content posted acr...
Published on Feb 1, 2017in International Journal of Eating Disorders3.52
Lauren M. Schaefer9
Estimated H-index: 9
(USF: University of South Florida),
Jennifer A. Harriger4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Pepperdine University)
+ 2 AuthorsJ. Kevin Thompson70
Estimated H-index: 70
(USF: University of South Florida)
Published on Sep 20, 2016in PLOS ONE2.78
Tufan Nayir2
Estimated H-index: 2
,
Ersin Uskun12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Süleyman Demirel University)
+ 3 AuthorsRamazan Azim Okyay2
Estimated H-index: 2
Body image (BI) can be described as the assessment of both positive and negative emotion for one’s own body parts and their characteristics by himself or herself. Current research has concentrated mostly on the status of negative BI as a risk factor for mental health problems rather than as a public health problem, thereby little is known about the effects of BI on quality of life. Thus, the purpose of this study was to assess the BI and Quality of Life (QoL) of individuals and to investigate th...