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Child Photoshopped to be Obese in California Government Advertisement

By Anthony Thurston on June 8th 2013

Normally all the complaining about retouching and photoshop involves making people look thinner and more pleasing to the eyes. In this case though the exact opposite is the case in which a California Government Agency is under fire for taking a picture of a perfectly healthy young girl and retouching it to make her look obese for a PSA.

As you can see via the image below, the girl in the picture is clearly not obese – not even close. To make matters even worse, the retouch job on the obese side was not even that good. Take a look at the image below:


The Public Service Announcement (PSA) was created to encourage children and their parents to choose Milk and Water over Soda, Juice, and Sports Drinks. First 5, the California Government Agency behind the ad, defended the advertisement saying “It was intended to show parents the real-life consequences of obesity and what sugar can do to our children’s lives”.

I don’t know about you, but I think it is a pretty big stretch to say that they are showing “real life” consequences of anything when the image has been photoshopped to that much of an extreme. Maybe that’s just me. Whats the matter First 5, couldn’t find any chubby girls pretty enough for you?

What are your thoughts? Let us know in a comment below!

[via Huffington Post]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Blame it on sugar

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