BPS Research Digest: Images of ultra-thin models need your attention to make you feel bad

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Source: BPS Research Digest: Images of ultra-thin models need your attention to make you feel bad

We all know that fashion models have unrealistic bodies. Even if they aren’t photoshopped, most of us could never be that thin, at least not without making ourselves ill. Previous research has suggested that viewing pictures of unrealistically thin female models makes young women feel bad – leaving them dissatisfied with their own bodies, more sad, angry and insecure.

A crucial question is whether the effect of these thin-ideal images is automatic. Does the comparison to the models, which is thought to be the key driver in their negative effects, happen without our intention, attention or both?  Knowing the answer will tell us just how much power these images have, and also how best we might protect ourselves from them.

One thought on “BPS Research Digest: Images of ultra-thin models need your attention to make you feel bad”

  1. A very interesting question raised, and I believe there to be a lot of truth in it. The media appear to be manipulating both sides at once.

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