I found an interesting article on research findings regarding body image. There are sections about motives, images and reactions to those images, how age relates to body image as well as how the media impacts body images. Here is a direct link to the article summarizing the findings of the article:
First of all, I like how the article was separated and spent time discussing all of the various factors affecting body image and related each individual factor to the findings of the originals study. I found it particularly interesting how they mentioned attractive people actually have been found to have an advantage in our society. Our motives to be beautiful people reflect how attractiveness is actually favored. The study's results show that attractive people are favored by others and teachers, they are more likely to receive a higher salary, they are found guilty less often in court cases and that in general we respond more positively to attractive people to name a few of the findings.
I find this very interesting because as much as I wouldn't agree with this right away, as I reflect I find that it is true at least to some extent. Even if we don't hold biases based on how attractive someone is in the end, our first impression is higher of more attractive people because first impressions are based off of how someone presents themselves to others.
The study goes on to explain very specific variables including sex orietation, age, etc. that can impact body images people have of themselves and others. I would definitely recommend this article to anyone as it puts a great amount of issues into a certain perspective with actual research findings laid out in statistics. Even if this doesn't change how you view body images, it would at the very least bring some issues to mind that are not commonly discussed.