The proliferation of mass media has helped to create a standardisation of beauty ideals, making them harder to cope with. But there are encouraging signs that things could change.
Many not only feel dissatisfied with their bodies, they actually believe they are heavier than they really are.
Staring at one thing for a long time can cause you to see the next thing in the opposite fashion. This neural adaptation could be the underlying physiological basis of body-size misperception.
A walk in the park.
Research suggests that those struggling with negative feelings about their bodies should spend more time in the great outdoors.
Research shows that interacting with a diverse set of people can make you happier and healthier.
How learning languages and travelling abroad can help you have a better relationship with your body.
Like ‘thinspo’, ‘fitspo’ promotes unrealistic body types to women.
The 'fitspo' movement may be aiming to promote a healthier body image for women, but in truth it's just another narrow set of ideals about what women should look like.
There’s no such thing as a perfect pregnancy body.
Women are no longer eating for two – or one, for that matter.
There’s nothing that everyone wants in a partner. But there are characteristics most men or women find attractive.
We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.
The long and the short of it is: it sucks to be short if you’re a man.
Spurned by women, more likely to end up in jail, doomed to earn less, destined to languish in poorly paid jobs, plagued by feelings of inferiority and coming up short where coming up matters most...
Why does this body shape matter so much?
This plastic matters: girls as young as three-and-a-half associate thin dolls with being smart and heavy dolls with being sad.
We’d all like to have a different, or at least improved, body. But why do we want the body we want?
A 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?
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Dressing like a Black Panther at the Super Bowl was always going to raise a few eyebrows – and that was the point.
Barbies now come in all shapes, sizes and colours – but the history of the doll shows it’s business as usual for Mattel.
Barbie has a forgotten history of changing in response to market pressures. Are her multiple new bodies ushering in an era of ethical body inclusiveness, or is Mattel just shifting deckchairs on the Titanic?
The growing pressure on men to have the perfect body is too often forgotten but could be having serious health consequences.
A viral article written by a female college student celebrated the average male body, but for the wrong reasons.
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Why is so much attention being given to making average white males feel better about themselves?
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How an evolutionary psychologist sees our obsession with being thin.
We all are.
Backlash to 'throwback' slimming ad is a win for the bikini terrorists
What is it that makes Venus a hottie? Is it her hip-to-waist ratio, or just her slenderness?
"The Birth of Venus", Sandro Boticelli c1486.
Is there an ideal body shape that is universally attractive? A recent study shows that beauty is more complex, and diverse, than that.
Baby boomer women are dressing differently and rejecting a look they associated with their mothers.
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It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still look fabulous. This message is sold to us by magazines, newspapers, the cosmetics industry, fashion labels and dating agencies. Think of the recent movie…
Facebook use increases young women’s concerns about their face, hair and skin.
If you’re one of the world’s 1.3 billion regular Facebook users, you’ll know the feeling of being consumed by your news feed. If you don’t use Facebook, you need only get on a busy train or bus to see…
Most of us struggle with our own attractiveness and whether we have enough of it.
You probably aren’t beautiful. It’s statistical, not personal. Most of us are average, a few of us are ugly, and a tiny number of us are beautiful or handsome. Many of us struggle with our own attractiveness…