Professor’s research examines link between ‘princess myth’ and eating disorders

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 10, 2020) — Animated films typically have happy endings, but princess movies can have a negative impact on the girls watching them, according to Kennesaw State University professor Erin Ryan.

Ryan, assistant director of KSU’s media and entertainment program and professor of communication, has examined the link between the “Disney princess phenomenon” and eating disorders among girls and young women. Viewing animated princess characters as the epitome of female beauty is “a dangerous model for young women,” Ryan explained, because it encourages them to try to attain an unrealistic standard.


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