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Apps Make Selfies Skinnier

May 14, 2014, 6:16 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Apps Make Selfies Skinnier

From celebrities to your sister, it seems like everyone these days is taking and talking about selfies.

In fact, it's not hard to find students at Augustana College snapping pictures of themselves.

"With Snapchat maybe 10, 20 times a day. It's kind of a lot since I Snapchat a lot," Rachel Stratton said.

"I Snapchat pretty much all throughout the day," Rebecca Tims said.

Now you can make yourself look fatter or skinnier through new apps.

"It's kind of fun because it used to be you only go to a plastic surgeon to see before and after pictures," Sanford Behavioral Health Triage Therapist Karla Harmon said.

Behavioral Health Triage Therapist Karla Harmon says the apps could be positive because they could encourage people to lose weight.

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"When you are in the market for trying to lose weight or trying to change appearance, it's always good to have a goal in mind -- This is what I'm going towards, rather than this is what I'm going from," Harmon said.

While this app can be harmless fun, if it's taken to extremes, it can actually be dangerous for your mental health.

"Their lifestyle can start crumbling because they are so obsessed with this flaw. They believe other people might be seeing it, and they don't want to be around other people, or they look at themselves all the time, or they don't look at themselves all the time," Harmon said.

Harmon says it can also feed into body image or anxiety disorders.

"But many things can feed into that," Harmon said.

Overall, college students we talked to weren't too impressed with the apps.

"I probably wouldn't use it that much," Tims said.

"I'm not sure how I feel about changing your facial features over a photo," Stratton said.

But they could allow you to have a little fun while staying connected with friends. 

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