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As you can see, both are identical except for the photos and the fact one has ‘overweight’ as body type and the other has ‘thin’.I also changed the wording slightly just in case OKCupid cottoned on and took them down."There's a very limited representation of bodies when it comes to media in general, especially when it comes to women" she says."In terms of finding love, you think about romantic comedies and advertisements depicting romance, and it's almost always about a thin woman."Online dating is like a shopping catalogue, which seems to make people more critical," says Emily Ho, a body-positive fitness blogger and social media strategist.Ho met her first husband the "traditional" way — in person, long before dating apps were a thing.At size 10, when I looked in the mirror all I thought was ‘could do better’.Over the course of five days, fat me received 18 messages, 74 likes and 81 visits.
The major culprit here, according to Cristina Escobar, the Director of Communications at The Representation Project, is actually the media.
The profile names had to be slightly different because the site won’t allow two the same.
I have no idea why I came up with them btw – it’s not even like A Night To Remember was stuck in my head.
But at 34, she found herself newly divorced and facing a dating scene that she felt focused more on her looks than the one she'd remembered.
"I feel like the entire culture has changed so much," she says. Everyone is just judging based on appearance."That said, the idea that apps are to blame for people's obsession with their prospective partners' looks isn't completely fair.
In fact, the plus-size dating app Woo Plus found that 71% of its 1,000 users reported having been fat-shamed on "regular" apps.