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Plus Sized Models Can Make Women Even More Self-Conscious

From the Show: HER
Summary: A recent study found that women are even more self-conscious when seeing plus sized models instead of the typical skinny ones.
Air Date: 1/7/16
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS
Adrienne ResslerAdrienne Ressler, eating disorder and body image specialist, is the Vice President of Professional Development of The Renfrew Center Foundation and immediate past president and Fellow of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Ms. Ressler has extensive training in Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, bio-energetic analysis and the Alexander Technique. She has contributed chapters that focus on body/mind integration in Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research/Practice Gap and has written an entry for the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance.

Ms. Ressler has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America. She attended the University of Michigan and served as faculty in the School of Education.
Plus Sized Models Can Make Women Even More Self-Conscious
If you've ever seen a billboard, TV commercial, or viewed the Victoria's Secret Runway Show, you might have noticed a familiar trend in the models that are used; they are very thin... oftentimes extremely skinny.

Having a weight-obsessed society can make it hard to feel comfortable in your own skin, even though the majority of American women aren't a size zero.

Recently, a few brands and companies have been using average-sized or plus-sized women in their ads, thinking it would help women feel more comfortable.

Unfortunately, it's done the complete opposite.

According to a study from Canada's Simon Fraser University, ads that use plus-size models aren't helping your self-esteem either.

Why is that?

Listen in as Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, discusses why women might be more self-conscious when seeing plus sized models instead of the typical skinny ones.
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