Contact Us

Why Does Even the Thought of Trying on a Swimsuit Depress Women?

swimsuits
Luis Enrique Ascui, Getty Images

Unless you’re a supermodel, trying on swimsuits likely leaves you depressed and in a sour mood. But you’re not alone — research now finds that even thinking about the self-esteem-crushing ritual can have the same effect.

Study researcher Marika Tiggemann, a psychologist at Flinders University in Australia, says imagining wearing a swimsuit also increases feelings of self-objectification, meaning that we see our bodies the way we think others do, which can lead to eating disorders and depression.

In studies with about 100 female undergraduate students, Tiggermann and her colleagues found that when women imagined themselves wearing a swimsuit, they felt worse about their bodies than when they imagined wearing clothes like jeans.

That said, imagining wearing a swimsuit in a dressing room surprisingly upset women more than when they were asked to imagine wearing one on the beach — something the researchers said proves how much self-objectification is truly an internal process.

“The physical presence of observers is clearly not necessary,” they wrote in the study. “More particularly, the dressing room of a clothing store contains a number of potentially objectifying features: (often several) mirrors, bright lighting, and the virtual demand that women engage in close evaluation of their body in evaluating how the clothes appear and fit.”

So how you can avoid self-objectification? Tiggemann suggests focusing on activities like sports that emphasize the function of the body rather than its appearance.

[LiveScience]

More from Mix931fm.com

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://mix931fm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Mix 93.1 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on Mix 93.1 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!