They need to have it to fit in, but social media is probably doing teens more harm than good.
We asked five experts if social media was damaging to children and teens, and four out of five said yes.
A ‘revenge body’ is built to show someone how well you are doing without them. With the advent of social media the phenomenon is increasingly popular.
The 'revenge body' was once the domain of celebrity gossip. But with the advent of social media, anyone can publicly display a 'new' body post break-up.
Men are feeling more and more pressure to get rid of their love handles and beer bellies – and heavy promotion of unrealistic appearance standards are to blame.
The body plays a crucial role in Instagram influencers’ selfies.
A study of Instagram influencers has found most employ a highly sexualised aesthetic drawn from mainstream adult film. And many are subject to sexual harassment, ranging from aggressive comments to physical threats.
The trial includes meal replacements to enable obese teens who are enrolled to rapidly lose weight.
Teenagers in Sydney and Melbourne are going on a year-long diet that involves intermittent fasting. It sounds extreme but there are pros and cons to the Fast Track to Health trial.
It is possible to limit your bombardment with images of bodies that feel way out of reach – so choose wisely who you follow.
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Do your Instagram viewing habits trigger joy or guilt? New research shows that viewing body positive content may actually improve women's body image – at least in the short term.
An athletic ideal still demands stringent diets and exercise regimes.
Retired female athletes struggle with body image. Some miss their athletic figure, others want a more feminine ideal, while others walk a tightrope between the two.
Clayton Oliver has opened up about the pressure he felt to lose weight in order to play in the AFL.
Until the league stops pressuring players over their weight, token measures to address mental health concerns will have a limited impact.
Withdrawal of sex education leaves students unprotected.
Sex education lessons will soon cover sexting, consent, body image and different types of contraception.
The key concerns is that kids will develop body image problems and adopt unhealthy behaviours to lose weight.
The proposal is very different to schemes in the US where BMI report cards are sent to parents. Instead, the data would feed into obesity research and prevention programs.
Appearance has become entwined with our perceptions of health.
A woman's work on her body will never be done if she wants to live a normal life.
Men respond better to structured “weigh-ins” than women.
For some people, self-weighing could be the key to losing or keeping weight off; while for others, it may do harm.
Most ‘clean eating’ posts on Instagram portrayed men engaging in muscle presentation to convey virile strength and power.
A new study of 'clean eating' posts on Instagram has found that men - and muscles - feature more prominently than women.
Sophie Tucker defiantly embraced her fuller figure.
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'I Don't Want to Get Thin,' singer Sophie Tucker proclaimed – an attitude that was decades ahead of its time.
Is muscle definition now being added to an already impossibly thin ideal?
The rise of 'fitspiration' seems to promote a body that is both impossibly thin and muscular. A new study explores whether this has become a new benchmark for women.
But it depends on whether you’re a healthy weight to start.
We found that over 12 years, women who had an unhealthy weight and had yo-yoed didn't gain more weight than women who had never yo-yoed.
The film Wonder tells the story of a boy with severe facial defects.
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People with facial difference often develop strategies for smoothing over social awkwardness, such as ways of introducing the issue into conversation early or using humour to deflect attention.
The male beauty business is booming.
Male makeup is set to be the next big beauty trend, but what impact will this have on men's self-esteem?
Western societies are obsessed with body image – and it's stopping self-improvement.
The ‘bikini bridge’ phenomenon caught on quickly because it reflected the cultural expectations placed on women’s bodies.
The 'bikini bridge' may have been a hoax, but its damage to women's body image was real, demonstrating yet again the disturbing set of pressures social media places on young women.,