Study shows that plus-size models have a positive effect on women’s mental health

Ashley Graham
Plus-size model Ashley Graham
A new study has concluded that a woman’s psychological health can be positively affected by seeing plus-size models.

Conducted by Florida State University, the study grouped 49 university-aged women, all of whom wanted to be slimmer.

The women were shown a variety of models on a TV screen that represented women of all different sizes.

After viewing each model, the participants had to answer a questionnaire on their own body satisfaction. They also had to compare themselves to the model that appeared on the screen.

The research showed that when the slimmer models were shown, the women overall had lower body satisfaction.

The University’s study also revealed that they paid less attention to the slimmer models and also remembered less about the models.

However, when the average and plus-sized models were shown, participants made less comparisons to their own bodies, instead reporting that they felt better about their own bodies.

Particiapnts also paid more attention to the average to plus-sized models.

The study was conducted by Russell Clayton and Jessica Ridgeway, assistant professors in the Florida State Universtiy School of Communication.

“We found overwhelmingly that there is a clear psychological advantage when the media shows more realistic body types than the traditional thin model, said Dr Clayton.

“Women made fewer social comparisons, felt increased body satisfaction, paid more attention to and remembered average and plus-size models.

 “Therefore, it might be a useful persuasive strategy for media producers to employ plus-size models if the goal of the campaign is to capture attention while also promoting body positivity.”

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