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Disney princesses don’t impact kids’ body image, experts say

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According to research, Disney princesses can play a beneficial role in nurturing children’s self-image.

Parents have long grappled with the portrayal of unrealistic body standards in movies, television, and the toy industry, worrying about the impact on their children’s mental health. With Disney princesses often in the spotlight, concerns have centered around their influence on kids’ body esteem.

To shed light on the matter, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study involving 340 children and their caregivers, spanning from 2020 to 2021. The study tracked children from the age of 3 and revisited them one year later to assess any noticeable changes in body esteem.

Body esteem was gauged by caregivers’ assessments of how much their children liked or felt good about their own bodies. Disney princesses were categorized into three body types: thin, average, and above average/heavy, with characters like Jasmine representing thin, and Moana as the example of an average-sized princess.

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The study revealed that the most beloved princesses among the children were Elsa, Moana, and Anna, with each princess’s body size affecting how the young fans felt about their own bodies. Notably, kids who adored princesses classified as having average body sizes, such as Moana, displayed higher body esteem levels.

The researchers attributed these effects to the frequency with which children engage in pretend play as princesses. Intriguingly, they also discovered that kids who favored average-sized princesses tended to be more physically active. Researchers speculated that this might be linked to the more active storylines associated with average-sized princesses in their films.

In contrast, children with favorite princesses characterized as thin did not report significant positive or negative changes in their body image. However, the overall impact of Disney princesses leaned toward a net benefit, as playing with average-sized princesses boosted children’s confidence in their own bodies. This research provides valuable insights into the role of media in shaping children’s perceptions of body image and self-esteem.*

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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