The average model is 110 pounds and a size 2.
The average woman is 130 pounds and a size 7.
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The first method used to collect data was a surveyadministered to forty college-age women around the UW-Madison campus. Thesurvey focused on body image, self-esteem and thoughts about magazines. Thesecond method used was an observation, consisting of four groups of twocollege-age women who were asked todiscuss their feelings and attitudes toward a fashion/beauty magazine and ahealth/fitness magazine. The third method conducted was in-depth interviews offour college-age women using extensive questions to gain additional informationon whether college-age women are affected by the magazine industry’s culture ofthinness. The fourth method was an experiment using twelve college-age womenwho were divided into three separate groups with each group being assigned oneof three magazines: a health/fitness magazine, a beauty/fashion magazine or anews magazine. After reading the magazines, the women were given a survey verysimilar to the one used in method one. The four methods combined allowed us toaddress our hypothesis that college-age women have negative body images andself-esteem due to the culture of thinness which the magazine industry portraysto women. Several examples of prior research on this topic provided additionalcontext for study.