"A young woman looking at these image may think that's what she should look like," Ghaznavi. "That could prompt these girls and women to resort to extreme dieting, excessive exercise, or other harmful behaviours in order to achieve this thin ideal." Previous studies have found that 'objectified' pictures of women can lead to depression, anxiety and body shame in female viewers.
Having said all that, the researchers of this particular study admit that they cannot know the effects of viewing these images. So, that begs the question, what's the point?
Is this #thinspiration movement really any different than the plus size body celebration hashtags? Do they both glorify unhealthy extremes or is thinspiration something else? Is thinspiration just another way for women to show their self love? What do you think?
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