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<p>‘Slim-thick’ is an idealized hourglass figure fuller than the traditional thin-ideal (Appleford, 2016). Broader beauty standards may improve female body image. Conversely, self-discrepancy theory posits if ideals differ from the self, dissatisfaction can occur (Higgins, 1987). The current study examined how different quantities (1, 3, or 7) of body types presented as ideal affected body image satisfaction. 90 female participants reviewed a pamphlet containing software-generated (MPI, 2011) graphics of ideal body types. To facilitate acceptance as desirable standards, fabricated research was included as support. Participants traced the ideal body type(s) before completing the Body-Image Ideals Questionnaire (BIQ; Cash & Szymanski, 1995). A one-way ANOVA (α = .05) showed no significant difference (p = .305) in BIQ scores among body quantity conditions. Inconsistent with either proposed explanation, diversifying ideal body types from the thin-ideal does not facilitate body image in emerging adult females. An alternative process may be operating. Replication of the current study with younger female participants who have not yet internalized the thin-ideal is recommended.</p>
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