Just once I'd like to see an honest set of before and after weight loss photos.
Is it too much to ask?
I suspect it is.
Before and after photos insult my intelligence.
The before pics are commonly blurry, often of poor, faded colour, and very badly lit. Our subject is usually well away from the camera.
She (it's usually a female) loses the weight with the fantastic new miracle product/diet that you can't live another minute without.
The after photo is a thing of wonder.
Not only is she a veritable sylph, her hair is a new style, often a new colour. If she had glasses, they're gone.
Her smile is bigger than her waist.
Not only is she standing closer to the camera, but she is posing with a slight turn of the hip to look even slimmer.
Could this really be the same person?
Anything is possible.
If the photos are good enough I try to compare noses. I can't say for sure, but I have an honest belief they rarely match.
So here's my challenge to diet industry purveyors:
Get yourselves a weight loss candidate.
Get professional, studio pics done before the diet.
Get them done after the diet in the same studio, with the same photographer, with the same lighting, and at the same distance.
Put the woman is similar clothing in each photo. Give her the same hairstyle, and ensure, as part of the contract, that it is the same length and colour.
Put her in the same pose for each set. If the before picture is of her entire body, so should be the after picture.
If she wears glasses in the before photo, put them on her for the after shot.
Stop insulting my intelligence.
I dare you.
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