Just because it’s on social media, doesn’t make it real.
Images of attractive celebrities, friends and acquaintances on social media affect women’s body image and mood, new research shows. But what can we do about it?
Nakedness has long been employed as a gesture of defiance, highlighting the plight of the oppressed.
But glossy pages filled with non-models may be a step in the right direction.
Labor MP Mark Butler, speaking on Q&A.
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler told Q&A that eating disorders “are the mental illness type which has the highest mortality rate”. We check the research.
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Women’s privates have moved to the front and centre of popular entertainment. And they’re not always pretty.
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The young adult novel “Eleanor & Park” is a frequent target for book challengers. But swears and sex aside, there’s something deeply subversive – and important – about this controversial book.
The rise of the selfie can lead to a great deal of negative comparison and self-doubt.
Social media can have a damaging effect on body image, but the way to protect against that is learning how to view images critically.
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.