Bodies Photoshopped


Photoshopping has a huge negative effect on how women see their bodies.  Comparison is the invitation to negative self talk and media gives us the invitation for comparing ourselves thousands of times  a day.

“Hany Farid, a professor of computer science and a digital forensics at Dartmouth with his student Eric Lee have designed software that is intended as a technological step to address concerns about the prevalence of highly idealized and digitally edited images in advertising and fashion magazines.

Such images, research suggests, contribute to eating disorders and anxiety about body types, especially among young women” as reported in the New York Times by Steve Lohr.

Mr. Lohr says “feminist legislators in France, Britain and Norway … want digitally altered photos to be labeled. In June, the American Medical Association adopted a policy on body image and advertising that urged advertisers and others to “discourage the altering of photographs in a manner that could promote unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image.”

As women, we have long known how body image affects self esteem.  The Self Esteem Act  is a way to make our voices heard regarding the power of negative messages that are communicated through photoshopping. The gist of the Self Esteem Act is “We’re asking for support to pass federal legislation requiring advertising and editorial that’s meaningfully changed the human form through digital manipulation to carry “Truth in Advertising” labeling. The labels will simply state that the models shown have been altered. No judgments, no morality, just transparency and clarity.” Off Our Chests is the group who have started this campaign.

Please consider signing The Self Esteem Act.  Thank you.



6 responses to “Bodies Photoshopped”

  1. Marsha says:

    I love this! Thanks so much for bringing The Self Esteem Act to our attention, Darla. I signed the petition immediately.

  2. Gary says:

    Great job Darla on bringing attention to this. I signed the petition right away. I am so sick of all the advertisers using these methods to produce a false image and beliefs that this is the norm and this is what girls / women should look like..

  3. Marlies says:

    I have three girls and I’m worried about the future and their self esteem. The advertisers give them a false image about how they should look like.

  4. Beverly kersh says:

    Women are facing this problem. No one can predict how a people should look like. The god made us and we should be happy in our look. Advertiser show them a photo and woman get involved in the process of achieving that look with the advertiser guidance. Most of the time advertisers or companies are the gainer.

  5. Romero says:

    Don’t pay attention to such advertisement. It is not possible to predict how a woman should look like. A person look like the same god mad her or him.

  6. Ellie says:

    Such legislation is long overdue. It is a tragedy that such false representation is being done to women of all ages. It’s time to get real about expectations we should have for the appearance of the human body.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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