Celebrity influence on body image and eating disorders: A review

Zoe Brown, Marika Tiggemann

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Celebrities are well-known individuals who receive extensive public and media attention. There is an increasing body of research on the effect of celebrities on body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Yet, there has been no synthesis of the research findings. A systematic search for research articles on celebrities and body image or eating disorders resulted in 36 studies meeting inclusion criteria. Overall, the qualitative, correlational, big data, and experimental methodologies used in these studies demonstrated that exposure to celebrity images, appearance comparison, and celebrity worship are associated with maladaptive consequences for individuals’ body image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1233-1251
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
Early online date26 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • body image
  • celebrity
  • disordered eating
  • media
  • review


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