Many studies have examined gender issues in children’s literature, but a review of the literature reveals that few studies have examined the instances of fatness in the images. Studying the fat representation in the images of children’s literature is important because exposure to a variety of body types may slow the rate of children’s body dissatisfaction. The present study examines exposure to body size images in picture books. Results of this content analysis indicate that there are fewer books with fat characters when compared to those without. However, when examining every image of body size within each text, there is a considerably larger number of non-fat images than fat images that readers are exposed to.
Wedwick, L., & Latham, N. (2013). Socializing Young Readers: A Content Analysis of Body Size Images in Caldecott Medal Winners. Reading Horizons, 52 (4). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol52/iss4/3