App that makes you look thinner has critics

App that makes you look thinner has critics

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 6:52 PM

PORTLAND -- It's been said the camera adds 15 pounds. But a new app promises it can take that weight back off.

The app SkinneePix is marketed as something to give users "inspiration if you're trying to lose a little weight.”

It alters a user's selfie to make them look thinner. You can make adjustments in five pound increments, up to 15 pounds.

App makers claims the product helps you feel good, but not everyone agrees.

Maryann Peterson is a psychiatrist who works with teens on issues like self esteem and body image. She said the app made her feel anything but pretty.

"To see that instant shift, it does put in a thought that maybe I'm not good enough -- look how I look when I'm thinner,” Peterson said.

If that change isn’t big enough, the app YouCam will take your photos and let you change the color of your eyes and even your skin.

 

 

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