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February 22, 2007

Perceptions of body image

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=body_image.mp3

Karen Throsby from The University of Warwick’s Sociology Department talks about the relationships between gender and body image as well as cosmetic and weight loss surgery in the light of the recent Radio 1 survey on the topic.

Length: 18 minutes

Summary:
Do you think the results of Radio 1’s survey were surprising
Why is there confusion over how people should perceive their own bodies
What reasons are there for the recent focus on weight, in particular
Who is driving this focus
Increasingly, men are becoming conerned about their bodies
The psychological and physical motivators behind different types of surgery
Acceptance of cosmetic surgery, differences between that and weight loss surgery
Commercial factors influencing surgery
How can we help people to be more comfortable with body image and appearance


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