Dr. Barnouti’s research paper “Social Media Body Image Disorder – A New Diagnosis Facing Surgeons” uses a sociocultural model to understand body dissatisfaction. This model asserts that media plays a significant role in shaping our perceptions of attractiveness.

The Fiji Study

The Fiji study referenced in the research is a compelling example. It demonstrates how the introduction of Western media in Fiji altered societal beauty norms, leading to increased body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviours.

Marketing Influence

Advertising often leverages body insecurities to sell products and procedures. It’s essential to be critical of these messages, which perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards.

The Filtered Reality

Editing tools and filters create an illusion of perfection. Continuous exposure to these manipulated images can negatively impact self-perception.

Dr. Barnouti’s research delves even deeper into the complexities of SMBID. Read the full study here.