The images never end, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian posting one sexy snap after another on social media. But a new study warns that this constant barrage of “perfect” bodies could undermine young women’s self-esteem.
They tend to think that their figures are inferior compared to them, whether these influencers and celebrities are super skinny, super fit, or super curvy. And now it turns out that it’s the so-called “refined” look, exemplified by hourglass beauties like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, that is most likely to make today’s woman feel bad about her body. A study that measured body dissatisfaction among 400 college students who viewed photos of models and influencers on Instagram found that viewing images of any of the three body types affected the women in the study, which undermined the young woman’s confidence in everything.
The risk is that, over time, frustration and dissatisfaction can develop into depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and ultimately an obsession with weight loss, which can lead to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia. NEDA estimates that about 30 million Americans will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives, although that number increased by about 5 per cent between 2000 and 2018. However, all women will not likely develop eating disorders because of the images they see.