Can Real Bodies On TV Do More Harm Than Good?

Nadia Goodman for “Which TV show do you think would help improve your body image: ‘How to Look Good Naked,’ which encourages real women to love their bodies, or ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ which parades skinny, young girls hoping to become the next Tyra? Sound like a no-brainer? It’s not. New research coming out next year in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, finds that TV shows promoting positive body image actually have the opposite effect — a conclusion most people wouldn’t expect.”