A man giving his name as Million Zhao, who has nearly
followers on Sina Weibo and works as a part-time commercial photogra
pher, said that virtually all his female clients ask him to alter their pictures digitally to mak
e them appear skinnier before they are posted online－even those who are already super-thin.
The 30-year-old also engages in “fat talk” with his fri
ends, and sometimes jokes about his rotund belly to his followers on Sina Weibo.
He said, “Different from women, guys my age or younger engage more in ‘mus
cle talk’ because they want to be bigger and stronger”, while many middle-aged men who h
ave gained weight get caught up in “fat talk”, as they “want to lose weight and be heathier rather than prettier.”
Denise Martz, a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University in
North Carolina, US, said, “Social media is giving women a false sense of how they usually look.
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