‘Soft porn’ and Instagram: how plastic surgeons fuel body image anxiety

Professor Emerita Nichola Rumsey, a leading international expert on appearance psychology, delivered a scathing assessment of the cosmetic industry’s role in the unrelenting rise of poor body image.

Some were using “soft-porn images” on Instagram and other social media that “gives patients unrealistic expectations of the likely outcomes, contributes to negative body image and it should change,” said Professor Rumsey from the University of the West of England and honorary member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Poor body image was linked to depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders and disordered eating, drug and alcohol misuse.

A recent Melbourne study found a sharp rise in the number of girls – some as young as 11 – seeking vaginal cosmetic surgery.

The cosmetic industry was perpetuating the “beauty myths” that the more attractive a person is, the happier or successful they will be, Professor Rumsey said.

But research shows people who base their self worth on their looks are more insecure.

https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/soft-porn-and-instagram-how-plastic-surgeons-fuel-body-image-anxiety-20181020-p50ax3.html

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