Childers hits out at 'airbrushing' of photos in magazines aimed at young
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."