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Women! Don't get 'thinspired' on Facebook

Sat, May 09, 2015, 11:27 AM
New York, May 9: Viewing images of extremely thin women on Facebook and other social media platforms can trigger body dissatisfaction and eating disorders among women, reveals a new study.

Such images, often cropped to remove heads or focus on specific body parts, lead young women to think that is what they should look like.

Imagine a teenage girl or even a young woman looking for inspiration using terms such as attractive, fit or pretty.

"She will likely find images of headless, scantily clad, sexualized women and their body parts on social media," said Jannath Ghaznavi from the University of California, Davis.

Repeated exposure to such content can result in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes.

The paper was published in the journal Body Image: An International Journal of Research.
Agency: IANS

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