Mandatory labelling of airbrushed photographs in magazines aimed at young people should be introduced because of their harmful effects on self-esteem and in giving people a negative image of their bodies.
MEP Nessa Childers made her comment at a discussion with almost 100 senior students at Loreto Wexford, as part of their Civic, Social and Political Education studies.
Ms Childers said: "Airbrushing plays a harmful role when it comes to body image and eating disorders. It has a really damaging impact on people's self-esteem.
"It produces completely unattainable images that no one could possibly live up to in real life. Unrealistic images of what is 'beautiful' put young girls under huge pressure."