‘Body neutrality’ has sometimes been called the ‘middle ground’ between loving or hating your body.
Critics of body positivity say the movement is not as accepting of all bodies as it claims.
It’s estimated between 30-40% of men worry about their body image.
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.
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.
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.
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 and changing ideas about masculinity are making more and more young men believe their body is too small, skinny or insufficiently muscular.
Queer men’s comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.
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 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.
The much used before and after photograph to motivate weight loss might not be as motivational as was once thought.
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.
Male makeup is set to be the next big beauty trend, but what impact will this have on men’s self-esteem?
Are dating apps destroying men’s self-esteem?
If female mannequins were alive, they would be dangerously underweight.
But glossy pages filled with non-models may be a step in the right direction.
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.
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.
Research suggests that those struggling with negative feelings about their bodies should spend more time in the great outdoors.