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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.
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.
Queer men are using comics as a medium of self-expression to challenge, destabilize or embrace ideas about body image. Here, an excerpt from ‘Garden’ by Derrick Chow. ('Garden' by Derrick Chow)

Pow! Comics are a way to improve queer men’s body image

Queer men’s comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.
The film Wonder tells the story of a boy with severe facial defects. IMDb/Lionsgate, Mandeville Films, Participant Media, Walden Media

Children with facial difference have a lot to teach us about body image

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.

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