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    LILLIPUTIANNA   39,435
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

SO, I'm just sitting here, watching my Spark People homepage flash articles and images in front of me and then THIS pops up...

I sit there staring at it until it vanishes and it's replaced with a photo of chocolate milk or something.

The photo of that girl in the bikini is so OBVIOUSLY photo shopped. Seriously, it is. Here I was thinking that the folks at Spark People wanted us all to simply be the best version of ourselves, to ignore media images of "perfection" that had been digitally achieved, and then this pic floats by.

I swear, sometimes this site has identity issues. Is it about health or is it selling the unobtainable media ideal?

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DR1939 5/26/2013 10:11PM

    Thanks for pointing this out.

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BECCAZEN7 5/26/2013 10:05PM

    KIKIMAV - I totally had to share that on FB! That is awesome! Best advice EVER. Marketing - skinny sells. Even on a diet website (especially on a diet website). I don't hold it against them, I just ignore it.

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LILLIPUTIANNA 5/26/2013 9:12PM

    KIKIMAV, that image is awesome.

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    I know. Its such crap. emoticon

One of my favorite things about going to an all women's gym is seeing women's bodies at all different ages, sizes, and shapes. Forget this image, real life flesh and blood is what I'm talking about! emoticon

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KIKIMAV 5/26/2013 3:32PM

    This would be ridiculous if it were not so outrageous!

And it reminded me of that image! In particular the last line!

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LILLIPUTIANNA 5/26/2013 12:11PM

    Images like this made it impossible for me to wear a swimsuit in public, even when I weighed 100 lbs. Why? Because even when I was thin, I wasn't "perfect." It made me feel ashamed.

I hate that this sort of imagery is used here. It seems like someone at the head office would see the damage it does (at least to some of us).

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TERMITEMOM 5/26/2013 9:54AM

    Yes I have noticed too. I think they think it is motivating, something to strive for. Maybe it works for some, but I will always go back to the girl in the mirror, and she doesn't look like this (and never will)...
Sunkat is right - it is very depressing.

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SUNKAT 5/26/2013 9:12AM

    It is very discouraging for those of us who have never and will never reach that idealized shape or weight. But supposedly some people are motivated by the 'ideal'. To me, it just depresses me further.

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OLAFGLADANDBIG 5/26/2013 12:55AM

    Chasin' that paper. Thems the priorities.

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ALYSSAR2012 5/26/2013 12:44AM

    I notice things like that on here too. emoticon

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