Chemically Modified Bodies: The Use of Diverse Substances for Appearance Enhancement

Chemically Modified Bodies: The Use of Diverse Substances for Appearance Enhancement

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Chemically Modified Bodies: The Use of Diverse Substances for Appearance Enhancement by Matthew Hall

This innovative edited collection brings together leading international academics to explore the use of various non-prescription and prescription substances for the purpose of perceived body image enhancement. While studies on drug misuse to date have examined drug use in the context of sporting performance, addiction, and body image for particular groups such as bodybuilders, there has been little research that explores the wider use (and misuse) of legal and illegal drugs for body image development and weight loss.

With medical sociology and social psychology at its core, this important volume shows the complex reasons behind the misuse of various medications, how these are connected to contemporary body image and appearance concerns, and why the known health risks and possibly harmful side effects do not act as deterrents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137535344
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/14/2016
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Matthew Hall is Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK. His research focuses on understanding the impact of multiple and shifting identities as well as body modifications and online violences.

Sarah Grogan is Professor of Psychology Health and Well-being at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of body image on health-related behaviors such as smoking and anabolic steroid use, and the impact of aging on body image.

Brendan Gough is Professor of Social Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He is a qualitative researcher interested in men and masculinities and has published many papers on gender identities and relations, mostly in the context of health, lifestyles and wellbeing.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Sarah Grogan, Matthew Hall and Brendan Gough.- Chapter 1. Use of Supplements and Drugs to Change Body Image and Appearance Among Boys and Male Adolescents; Lina A. Ricciardelli and Robert J. Williams.- Chapter 2. Muscle Dysmorphia and Anabolic-androgenic Steroid Use; Dave Smith, Mary Caitlyn Rutty and Tracy Olrich.- Chapter 3. Use of Drugs to Change Appearance in Girls and Female Adolescents; Jennifer O'Dea and Renata Leah Cinelli.- Chapter 4. Caffeine Misuse and Weight Loss; Carla E. Ramacciotti, Elisabetta Coli and Annalisa Burgalassi.- Chapter 5. Body Image, Enhancement and Health in the Advertising of Sports and Nutritional Supplements; Simon Outram.- Chapter 6. Smoking and Appearance; Sarah Grogan.- Chapter 7. Bodybuilders' Accounts of Synthol Use: The Construction of Lay Expertise; Matthew Hall, Sarah Grogan and Brendan Gough.- Chapter 8. Non-Medical Use of ADHD Stimulants for Appetite Suppression and Weight Loss; Amy J. Jeffers and Eric G. Benotsch.-Chapter 9. Commonly Prescribed Oral Anti-Obesity Medication and Alternative Anorectics; Julien S. Baker, Bruce Davies and Michael R. Graham.- Chapter 10. Peptide Hormones, Metformin and New-Wave Practices and Research Therapies; Michael R. Graham, Julien S. Baker and Bruce Davies.- Afterword. Toward an Inclusive, Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Understanding Substance Use for Appearance Purposes; Brendan Gough, Sarah Grogan and Matthew Hall.

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