Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders

Body Shots: Hollywood and the Culture of Eating Disorders

by Emily Fox-Kales
     
 

How do movie star bodies and celebrity culture influence the way real girls and women feel about their own size and shape? What effect can popular films have on everyday eating behavior and exercise rituals? Body Shots shows how Hollywood films, movie stars, and celebrity media help propagate the values of an “eating disordered culture” that promotes… See more details below

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How do movie star bodies and celebrity culture influence the way real girls and women feel about their own size and shape? What effect can popular films have on everyday eating behavior and exercise rituals? Body Shots shows how Hollywood films, movie stars, and celebrity media help propagate the values of an “eating disordered culture” that promotes constant self-scrutiny and vigilance, denial of appetite and overcontrol of weight in the compulsive pursuit of an eternally elusive body ideal of slenderness and fitness. In a unique approach that merges the disciplines of film analysis, gender studies, and psychology, clinical psychologist and cinema studies scholar Emily Fox-Kales demonstrates how the body narratives of such Hollywood celebrities as Lindsay Lohan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah Winfrey and their battles with bulimia, post-maternal weight gain, and yo-yo dieting not only serve as public enactments of the same eating and weight struggles their fans endure, but create a “new normal” which naturalizes and even valorizes the chronic body dissatisfaction and weight obsession that are established risk factors for eating disorders in women and girls. Written for students of cultural and gender studies, parents, media literacy educators, as well as film buffs everywhere, this book aims to provide the moviegoer with the critical tools necessary to develop a resistant gaze at Hollywood productions and make healthier choices among the many viewing screens of our super-mediated world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438435282
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
Excelsior Editions Series
Pages:
205
Sales rank:
1,461,343
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Screen Bodies and Eating Disorders 1

Chapter 1 Body Identifications: The Movie Screen and the Mirror 19

Chapter 2 Celebrity Bodies 35

Chapter 3 Body Mastery and the Ideology of Fitness 53

Chapter 4 Body Transformation: Ugly Ducklings, Swans, and Movie Makeovers 73

Chapter 5 Body Stigmatization: Fat Suits and Big Mamas 95

Chapter 6 Teen Bodies: Valley Girls and Middle School Vamps 119

Chapter 7 Alternative Visions 141

Glossary of Terms 155

Notes 159

Bibliography 177

Index 187

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