It's good to set goals—just make sure they're healthy ones!"Thinspiration" pages-collages of pictures and slogans designed to motivate weight loss-have popped up all over online social hubs, including Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram. But beware: Your body image and self-esteem can take a major hit looking at these "thinspo" pages. Why? Because most of these user-generated collections are packed with photos of unrealistically-shaped, ultra-skinny women, along with punishing slogans like "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels," and "Skip dinner, wake up thinner."
Some of these sites that may have originally started as a way for people to inspire themselves to be healthy and fit have spiraled out of control, points out Rachel Dore, an adjunct professor who specializes in eating disorders at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. "It's dangerous if what you're looking at for inspiration is not realistic," says Dore. "I think that's why some of these thinspirationRead More »from Why 'Thinspo' Sites Are Destroying Self-Esteem