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Researchers at Chapman University just confirmed what we already knew: overexposure to unhealthily thin models digs deep into our psyches. So much so that altering swimsuit ads to highlight their flawed undertones does nothing to mitigate their negative effect on women’s body image satisfaction. Now, how many more times does this need to be said before industry standards substantially change?
The team, headed by David Frederick, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Chapman, conducted two studies focusing on whether or not body image activists are wasting their energy adding disclaimers or “subvertisements” — witty changes meant to counter the photos’ injurious messages — to ads. (Spoiler alert: Extremely well-intentioned, big ol’ waste of time.) (more…)