Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fashion Magazines Make You Feel Fat

Talking to a friend on the weekend, a friend who has had serious body dissatisfaction issues as long as I've known her (yet you'd be hard-pressed to really find any excess anything on her), it hit me that I know a few women with serious body dissatisfaction--serious body image problems, be it physical shape, appearance of the face or a combination thereof--and they all have something in common:

They love reading fashion magazines and do so regularly.

Is it just a coincidence? I asked myself. I decided to do some research. And what I've found online matches my observation: those who read fashion magazines more often are more likely to have a higher level of body dissatisfaction.

Some links I've found:
This last link has a part that says:
Some simple strategies to improve body image include:
Putting down the magazine. 
Make a choice not to subject yourself to ideals and images that will make you feel worse about yourself.

This is sound advice if you are struggling with body dissatisfaction and have a habit of looking at fashion magazines. Not everybody who reads fashion magazines regularly is going to be negatively affected, but there is a relationship between the two. The more you read, the more likely it is to affect how you view yourself physically. The more you subject your brain to the images of thin, photoshopped models, the more likely you are going to start believing on some level that you would be better if you looked like that (and wore clothes like that!)

If you are constantly dissatisfied with your body, feel like you have to hide this or that (under clothes or even under makeup), and you regularly read fashion magazines, do yourself a favour and stop! Start looking at all the real women around you!

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