Body-image-boosting TV shows make viewers feel worse: study

The study examined the mood, body anxiety and weight dissatisfaction of 120 female college students, who were divided into three groups. One group was asked to watch the British version of How to Look Good Naked, a program geared toward promoting a positive body image. The second watched Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, a show promoting an idealized, thin body shape. And the third watched a neutral nature documentary.

Participants who watched the nature documentary were found to be happier afterward, while those who watched Next Top Model were less happy than they were before seeing the show. Participants who watched How to Look Good Naked recorded no change in mood. However, both How to Look Good Naked and Next Top Model significantly increased participants’ body anxiety and weight dissatisfaction, the Huffington Post reports.

Read the full story in The Globe and Mail.

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