We hope your holiday season was full of good food, connecting with loved ones, and relaxation. As we embark on another year, you may have already made a New Year's resolution list as many of us do. Are there factors that can affect a positive outcome of these resolutions? Anne Klesse, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has been studying the effects of in-shape models on dieter's motivation.
According to NPR's reporting "Can Skinny Models Undermine Your Dieting Goals?" by Shankar Vedantam on 1
Klesse and her colleagues recently conducted an experiment to see what effect the skinny models had on dieters.
They recruited female volunteers who signed up for a weight-loss program and gave them diaries in which the volunteers could note precisely what they ate and when — a standard technique in weight-loss programs nowadays.
But half of the volunteers got a diary that featured a skinny model on the cover and on every page. The other half got diaries with the neutral image of a logo.
The results were sobering.
"Those people that saw the diary without the model on top — they were actually able to lose weight," Klesse said. "Surprisingly, the people that [had the diary with the model on it] were not able to lose weight, and, even worse, they even slightly gained weight."
image obtained from Natures Complete Blog.