New information Instagram makes teens feel worse about their bodies is an opportunity for parents to start a conversation with their children about their online lives, and encourage positive habits.
Instagram’s emphasis on filtered photos of bodies harms girls’ self-image.
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There is ample research about how harmful Instagram is for teen girls, especially around body image. It turns out Facebook’s own research confirms it.
Sarah Baartman was an international sensation of objectification.
In the 19th century, Baartman was dehumanized and mocked for her large posterior. So what does it mean when Black women today strive for ‘Sarah Baartman hips’?
Pinterest is the first social media brand to ban weight loss advertisements. Should other companies follow suit?
One in three Australians we surveyed had a new concern about their appearance since the pandemic began. But while minor cosmetic procedures might give some people a boost, for others it’s a bad idea.
Engaging with people who accept and appreciate your body as it is can help you feel more at peace with how you look.
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After over a year of stress eating and seeing each other only through screens, anxiety over changes in physical appearance can make socializing again a daunting prospect.
Social media often had a positive influence.
Our study showed that social media often had a positive influence on young people, motivating them to be healthier.
Barbie is the best-selling toy of all time.
A new study found playing with ultra-thin dolls could make young girls want a thinner body.
The ideal male body didn’t always include chiseled abs.
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Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
Children aged eight to 12 need to understand the dangers of social media aren’t just from online predators.
Muscle dysmorphia can lead to other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression.
Social media and changing ideas about masculinity are making more and more young men believe their body is too small, skinny or insufficiently muscular.
Shapewear for expectant mothers, particularly when it’s endorsed by celebrities, may contribute to body dissatisfaction in pregnancy.
Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) may be perceived as a safer muscle-building alternative to steroids.
Idealized standards for muscular, fat-free male bodies may be fuelling the use of SARMs, or selective androgen receptor modulators, unapproved muscle-building drugs that are easily available online.
Online workouts can give women support and inspiration. Now they’ve discovered the benefits, women might be less inclined to return to the gym once restrictions are lifted.
A new report offers data on mental health in young people.
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.