“Camera Diet” app poses controversy

WICHITA, Kansas – It’s been said the camera adds 15 pounds, but there’s an app to fix that.

One of those apps is called Skinnee Pix, and it promises to shed those 15 pounds easily just with a click of a button.

It’s marketed to give you “inspiration if you’re trying to lose a little weight” and claims to “help you feel good,“ but not everyone agrees.

“I think that it’s sad that you shouldn’t have to feel like you had to change your picture to post it on Facebook or to Instagram it,” said one woman. “You try to take the 5, the 10, the 15 pounds. Where does it stop and you’re not going to look like yourself.”

Maryann Peterson, a psychiatrist, works with teens about self esteem and body image.

“There’s a lot of reinforces out about not good enough, pretty enough, not thin enough,” said Peterson. “There are websites that promote anorexia and how to hide it.”

Peterson says the app made her feel anything but pretty.

“To see that instant shift, it does put in a thought that maybe I’m not good enough,” said Peterson.

And then there’s You Cam, where you can change from the color of your skin to how big your eyes are. However, it too went teen unapproved in those we talked to.

“I think it’d be better if apps and stuff like that started encouraging people to look like themselves than to look skinnier,” said 16-year-old Katie Werth. “Every girl wants to be skinny, but I think there’s a better approach.”

Maryann Peterson recommends parents talk to their kids about appearance and set a good example by being confident with their own image.

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