A lot of the time, people who are struggling with a greasy skin have been using the same methods that are being used to control a greasier body image, a new study has found.
In a new paper published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers found that when they used a range of different social desensitisation techniques, people can become more comfortable with wearing greasy clothing and that this reduces the social pressure that leads to eating disorders.
“A greasy appearance is just as much about self-esteem as it is about being slim or thin,” said lead researcher Dr Rachel Kroll, from the University of Sydney.
“[In a sense] it is just a mask of self-worth.
We wanted to find out how to actually make people feel better about themselves.”
Dr Kroll said the results could be of use in helping to address a number of social problems that are associated with a high BMI.
The findings suggest that we should look at the body image of our friends, family, colleagues and co-workers as well as the media, to make sure that the images of our peers are accurate and portray a positive image of ourselves, she said.
The study also found that using a range the different desensitic techniques, it was possible to reduce the pressure on the skin.
The researchers also found people who were comfortable with a low BMI and a low fat diet had the lowest levels of body dissatisfaction, and were less likely to be involved in eating disorders and were also less likely than those who were more obese to have an eating disorder.
“It is not necessarily that greasiness is the problem, but rather that people are in denial about their body,” Dr Kroll told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“They are so busy with their looks and they’re so busy doing their shopping that they don’t think about their self-image, they don.
I think this can help us to get back to being able to talk about what’s good about us and what is not.”
The research involved 1,000 people, aged between 19 and 69, who participated in a self-assessment and an eating diary study.
The participants completed a questionnaire measuring their level of dissatisfaction with their appearance and body image and were then asked to complete a self report questionnaire.
The results revealed that people who rated themselves as being in the “low BMI range” had the highest levels of self satisfaction, were less concerned about eating disorders, were more likely to have a healthy weight and were more open to eating healthy food.
“People who are in the ‘high BMI range’ and who also had healthy weight but are concerned about their appearance, are also more likely than the average person to have depression, anxiety, and a number the other issues that we see in this study,” Dr Rolfi Niedringhaus, a researcher at the University College London told ABC radio.
“That’s good news for people, because we need to be more open about what our own bodies look like.”
Dr Niedringshaus said she hoped that the research would help people understand that the problem was not that we are fat but that we need more support.