It’s an empowering feeling to scroll down my Instagram timeline to see so many of my girl friends, family, and Internet friends displaying the kind of self-love it takes to be feeling yourself so much you have to take a picture and share it with the world. The selfie has become a tool for displaying your best self according to you, caption included.
If little things like a selfie can have an affect, it’s no wonder researchers say that women today feel better about their appearance than women 30 years ago. Even though there are more overweight Americans today, women are beginning to care less about weight loss. The study was presented at the American Psychological Association’s 124th convention. From 1981 to 2012 the researchers analyzed how women felt about their body weight. “While women consistently report being more dissatisfied with their bodies than men as far as thinness is concerned, that dissatisfaction has decreased over the 31-year period we studied,” said Bryan Karazsia, PhD, of The College of Wooster and research presenter.
In the age of the selfie, how much does visibility play a large part in the decline in concern for weight loss? More women are sharing, showing their comfort with themselves, thus encouraging more women online to do so. That visibility results in community. Since there’s less of the stock image for beauty being seen. We women have more of an opportunity to realize that the majority of beauty we see comes in every size, snapchat filter or not.
Body dissatisfaction is one of the main predictors for eating disorders. Now the body acceptance wave is an advertising tactic for female targeted products to use diverse body types in their campaigns. Researchers don’t know for sure why the increase in body acceptance among women. However, if the end of meeting unattainable beauty standards is near, does it automatically mean a decline in eating disorders and anorexia?