This Photo-Editing App That Changes Your Whole Body Is All Sorts Of No

Photo editing apps used to let you do things like fix red eyes in pictures, but now they let you do absolutely anything you want to pictures, using filters to add makeup or Photoshop-like programs to whittle away at the image of your body.

Altering pictures to such a radical extent is not good for our own self-images, and it can also cause other people to have unrealistic expectations of what human bodies should like in general. With up to one in 50 people suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), it’s dangerous to so completely blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

A Twitter user with the name Sierra (@ssssssssssierra) shared an ad for a photo-editing app called PhotoLift, along with the caption, “This is terrifying my god.”

Good Place actor and body positivity activist Jameela Jamil retweeted Sierra’s tweet, adding a really important caption. She wrote:

Not only does this hurt us and how we see ourselves. It also affects how men see us. They cannot help but become hypernormalized to these images and their brains naturally become accustomed to this aesthetic. Which in turn can *genuinely* impact their attraction to us. Just STOP.

People responded to the tweet in droves, some with serious words…

…and some with jokes.

Some people took the time to point out to anyone who needed to hear it that they are fine just the way they are, whatever way that might be.

One person brought up the fact that this sort of thing affects not just relationships between men and women, but those between two women as well.

And another person pointed out that what the people who made the ad had actually done was take thin girls and make them look heavier, so it would be easy to neatly trim the weight back off.

So they’re even basically lying about what the app does. It’s just a way to turn yourself into a laughable cartoon bobblehead. People, just say no.

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