The camera really does add 10 pounds. Here’s a good look at the effect that different lenses and barrel distortion can have when it comes to making you look fat on camera. The gif from Jim Zub starts by showing a person’s face with a 20mm lens and then goes all the way up to 200mm, you basically watch his face and hair expand right before your very eyes.

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Here‚Äôs another image detailing the ‚Äúcamera adds 10 pounds‚ÄĚ effect:

There‚Äôs a combination of factors that make you look fat. The focal length of the camera can flatten out a person‚Äôs features thus making them look much bigger in comparison. Barrel distortion‚ÄĒthat is, when straight lines look like they‚Äôre curving out because of the nature of the lens‚ÄĒcan also make a person‚Äôs face look more plump than usual.

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Basically, never take a picture of yourself.