Not only can television cause girls/women to compare themselves to the perfectly thin bodies on TV, but watching TV is related to childhood obesity. A right-off-the-press article by researchers at the University of Illinois shows that media exposure is one of many factors responsible for the growing obesity problem in America. Want an easy solution? Turn off the TV. Here is the article: Harrison et al. (2011). Toward a developmental conceptualization of contributors to overweight and obesity in childhood: The six-Cs model, Child Development Perspectives, 5(1), 50-58.