ectomorph

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ectomorph

[′ek·tə‚mȯrf]
(psychology)
A somatotype suggested by W.H. Sheldon to describe a person with a thin physique.
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To determine whether mass media play a role in the tendency to derogate non-ideal bodies, one must examine the types of men that are over- and underrepresented in film and the ways in which ectomorphic, mesomorphic, and endomorphic characters are portrayed.
Although five of the participants viewed the body shape represented in the picture of the ectomorphic individual as average or good, five commented on his clothing in quite opposite ways.
fat) males as sloppy, dirty, dependent on others, lazy, lonely, less good looking, and less intelligent, while viewing ectomorphic (i.
The rising significance of the thin ideal is apparent from the changing perceptions of the ectomorphic body type.
When asked about body type preferences, boys as young as five or six prefer the mesomorphic type (well proportioned, average build), rather than ectomorphic (thin) or endomorphic (fat) (Kirkpatrick & Sanders, 1978; Mishkind, Rodin, Silberstein, & Striegel-Moore, 1986).