Plus Sized Models Could Combat Eating Disorders - Page 2
Dr Boothroyd said, "Thinner bodies are definitely in vogue and within western media, thinness is overwhelmingly idolized and being overweight is often stigmatized. Although the media doesn't directly cause eating disorders, research suggests it is a very powerful factor in creating body dissatisfaction.
"Furthermore, it seems that even so-called 'cautionary' images against anorexia might still increase our liking for thinner bodies, such as those featuring the late French model Isabelle Caro, who gained worldwide publicity for posing nude for an anti-anorexia campaign while suffering from the illness. These campaigns may not have the desired effect which is a sobering thought."
Currently, the Durham University researchers are working on creating a follow up study that includes men. Their goal is to determine whether viewing plus sized models could have a long term effect on body preferences and whether there is evidence for policies that would encourage more normal sized models in advertising.