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Plus Sized Models Can Make Women Even More Self-Conscious

January 7, 20169 min
A recent study found that women are even more self-conscious when seeing plus sized models instead of the typical skinny ones.If you've ever seen a billboard, TV commercial, or viewed the Victoria's Secret Runway Show, you might have noticed a familiar trend in the models that are used; they are very thin... oftentimes extremely skinny.Having a weight-obsessed society can make it hard to feel comfortable in your own skin, even though the majority of American women aren't a size zero. Recently, a few brands and companies have been using average-sized or plus-sized women in their ads, thinking it would help women feel more comfortable. Unfortunately, it's done the complete opposite.According to a study from Canada's Simon Fraser University, ads that use plus-size models aren't helping your self-esteem either.Why is that?Listen in as Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, discusses why women might be more self-conscious when seeing plus sized models instead of the typical skinny ones.

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