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Featured publication: Bones, body parts, and sex appeal

Publication in Body Image, Vol.14, June 2015, Pages 54–61

Doctoral candidate Jannath Ghaznavi and Dr. Laramie Taylor’s recent publication, “Bones, body parts, and sex appeal: An analysis of #thinspiration images on popular social media” published in Body Image, was featured in:

  •, “'Thinspiration' images of women on social media sites examined”- May 8, 2015
  •, “Body Image And Social Media: Scientists Analyze Harmful 'Thinspiration' Photos Of Women” -  May 11, 2015
  •, “Do ‘thinspiration’ images pose a risk to women?” – May 12, 2015
  • Interviewed by NewsRadio, Sacramento’s News, Weather, and Traffic Station - May 12, 2015



  • We examined thinspiration images, intended to inspire weight loss, on social media.
  • Images tended to be sexually suggestive, with thin, bony, scantily-clad women.
  • Twitter images were characterized by more segmented, bony content.
  • Sexually suggestive images tended to have greater social endorsement.
  • Results support the self-objectification phenomenon and social cognitive theory.