Super Thin Celebrities Don’t Inspire Weight Loss

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“Thin-spiration” has become a hot controversial topic across the Internet with entire websites and blogs devoted solely to showcasing the bodies of pin-thin celebrities and runway models. In a supposed effort to inspire weight loss, women look at these websites to gain motivation in their everyday lives despite the fact that most of these “ideals” are not healthy or realistic for the average woman.

While many post pictures of a body they admire, say, on the fridge in order to stop a midnight cookie dough binge, the question is-does looking at thin women really help our battle of the bulge? New research suggests that it does not.

In a survey of 2,000 women commissioned by the diet giant Atkins, looking at pictures of thin celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie actually demotivates instead of encourages women in their plight to drop extra pounds. It turns out that seeing figures that are too “unrealistic” to attain actually puts dieters off their healthy eating plans with about 25 percent of the women admitting that they dread seeing the tiny figure of mother of four, Victoria Beckham.

Two-thirds of the women also told researchers they were more inspired to lose weight after seeing a picture of their own bodies slimmer.

What’s your take on it? Do you feel more inspired by celebrity bodies or seeing your own body thinner?

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