Thinspo (or thinspiration) are images of slim individuals which are posted to social media sites with the intent to motivate people (primarily girls and women) to further their weight loss.
Thinspo images are often part of the pro-anorexia (or pro-ana) community.
Thinspo, pro-ana and related communities negatively impact the behavior, affect, perceived attractiveness, and self-esteem of people with and without eating disorders.
Comparing your own body to photo-manipulated, position-manipulated, filtered images of other women can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and body image, leading to disordered and harmful thoughts.
Additionally, the weight-loss industry uses techniques such as body positioning, types of clothing, and even photo-manipulation to sell diet pills, exercise equipment and other weight-loss products.
I have not used any photo-manipulation in my “before” and “after” pictures aside from basic filters or adjusting the contrast.