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Positive representations of higher-weight women exercising can counter the idealization of thin bodies that is common on social media, while cultivating health-promoting exercise behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Why social media ‘fitspiration’ can fail: Weight-inclusive fitness posts are more likely to motivate young women to exercise

Social media content that positively represents body size, shape and weight diversity may help to address the negative psychological effects of ‘fitspiration’ that depicts narrow body standards.
Behavioral science researchers have found that people tend to have more positive body self-images when they appreciate the body for what it can do – not just how it looks. Tempura/E+ via Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to make a healthy shift in body ideals

For many, the pandemic has disrupted daily habits around eating and fitness – which makes it a prime time to shake up old assumptions about achieving an ideal body.
More time spent on social media can leave young adults feeling worse about their bodies. Leo Patrizi/E+ Collection via Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic increased eating disorders among young people – but the signs aren’t what parents might expect

Boys, LGBTQ youth and people with normal body mass index are often overlooked when it comes to recognizing eating disorders, a physician and psychotherapist explain.
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Instagram can make teens feel bad about their body, but parents can help. Here’s how

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. Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years

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.
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Thinking of getting a minor cosmetic procedure like botox or fillers? Here’s what to consider first

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. Hinterhaus Productions/DigitalVision via Getty Images

8 ways to manage body image anxiety after lockdown

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.

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