What do you think you look like? Body image is the mental representation one creates, but it may or may not bear close relation to how others actually see you. Body image is subject to all kinds of distortion from internal elements like our emotions, moods, early experiences, attitudes of our parents, and much more. Nevertheless, it strongly influences behavior. Preoccupation with and distortions of body image are widespread among American women (and, to a lesser extent, among males), but they are driving forces in eating disorders, feeding severe anxiety than can be assuaged only by dieting.

Recent Posts on Body Image

Do Your Expectations Get In the Way Of Your Happiness?

With every job you’ve ever taken, have you noticed a stark difference between what you initially thought the job was going to be like and what it actually turned out to be like six months later?

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Want to feel better about your body? Do this.

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

I just read about the concerned mom who wrote a letter to Party City, outraged about this year's Halloween costumes for little girls. She was particularly furious about a sexy police girl costume marketed to young girls. I agree. Every year when I take my daughter Halloween costume shopping, I wonder how this hot and sexy trend for young girls will impact girls' futures...

What Men Need to Play With—It's Not Guns

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on October 02, 2015 As You Like It
With each new mass shooting, we've allowed the NRA to further its agenda. We've allowed it to use senseless tragedy after tragedy to help our gun culture flourish.

Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery Ignores Women's Mental Health

The promise of a "perfect vagina" generates enormous wealth at women's expense.

A Day of Eating in Paris

A day of observations lends some insight into the age old question: Why do the French eat so well yet stay so slim?

10 Fantastic Food and Fitness Quotes

Ready to get in shape or lose weight? Here are 10 famous quotes and some related science to help you get started today!

Tips To Encourage A Positive Body Image In Young Girls

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on September 22, 2015 Once Upon a Child
Preschool teachers will tell you that most 4 year olds- boys and girls- say they like the way they look, and have no trouble identifying other kids in magazines and books who look like them, and they do it without judgment.

You Are Not Your Body

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Ambigamy
If the history of the universe were shrunk to one year, life would have started today, September 21. Here's what happened and how to make sense of what you are as a result.

Athletic? Who, Me? Just What Is an Athletic Senior?

Learning to take advantage of your opportunity to move, and finding activities you love to do is the path towards fitness at any age.

How to Think of Your Body as Beautiful at Any Size

By Gregg McBride on September 19, 2015 The Weight-ing Game
The more we accept and respect others (no matter what they look like), the more disposed we'll be to extending that kind of acceptance (and even kindness) to ourselves. And when we change our judgements about how we look and what we weigh, we'll be more likely to initiate and even accomplish the kind of healthy, positive change that can lead to true transformation.

How Do Men Experience Eating Disorders?

The behaviors that males who have eating disorders engage in may not always resemble the typical pattern of efforts to slim down observed in women’s disordered eating behavior.

Fat Is an Emotional Issue

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 11, 2015 Handy Hints for Humans
Discovering the emotional issues that make maintaining a healthy weight so difficult.

Can Feeling Sexy in Fitness Class Lead to Body Confidence?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 Fit Femininity
Looking to feel sexy, self-confident, and have fun? Then pole fitness, say some researchers, might be for you.

”It Was About a 12-Pound Turkey”

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Naked Truth
“It was about a 12-pound Turkey.” I will never forget my first conversation with a person struggling with Binge Eating Disorder. The pain, anxiety, and shame in this woman’s voice as she described her eating behavior was palpable. Like most people with eating disorders, I was one of the only people she had ever told about her eating behavior and body image.

Is Gender Just A Performance and Are We All Just Performers?

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Can Botox Treat Depression? Facial Expression Can Cure You

The authors conclude that their clinical trial shows facial expressions associated with depression are not just the consequences of low mood. In fact, they may be integral components of the disorder, and may therefore be targeted with much benefit as an entirely new approach to the treatment of clinically low mood.

Genitally Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 In Excess
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance. One particular body part that has been the focus of some research in the BDD field is that of genitalia. Many men obsessively worry about the size of their penis. But what does the psychological literature tell us?

Which Hair Color Induces the Strongest Physical Attraction?

Startling new psychological research challenges previous thinking that hair color is merely about personal preference. Instead a massive consensus appears to exist on which hair color is preferred, and there also appears to be such severe prejudice associated with the tint of your locks, this is possibly as harsh as racial discrimination.

'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful' - When Beauty Is Bad

...attractive women are discriminated against in job interviews, because they are pretty. This is part of a wider phenomenon by which women appear to attract stereotyping about their personality and job skills, according to their looks.

Groovin’ on Movin’: A Model for Movement

Kate McFetridge, US silver medalist in the 2015 Pan American games, hopes to row for the US Olympic team in 2016. Join us at Vesper Boat Club as she teaches Ava, 9 and Sara, 5,how to avoid pediatric obesity and grow to adulthood intelligent, beautiful, and groovin' on movin".

"Pink Viagra"—No It Isn't

FDA approves Flibanserin—and the search for sexual desire continues.

So I’m Addicted to Exercise. Who Cares?

By Anna David on August 18, 2015 After Party Chat
I'm a sober addict who exercises. Regularly. More specifically, obsessively. If this is a problem, I'm holding onto it.

Believing Is Seeing

You probably think that you can see with your own two eyes what is right in front of you. Wrong! Your brain has learned to invent most of it and to fill in the blind and blank spots

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 13, 2015 In Excess
Over the last few years, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has become the focus of increasing media attention. BDD is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance that the sufferer perceives to be ugly, unattractive, and/or deformed. But what does the psychological literature tell us?

Does Faking It Make Us Happy?

By Donna Flagg on August 12, 2015 Honestly
We live in a world of smoke-n-mirrors, deeply challenged to face reality, honesty and truth.

The Mastectomy Chronicles, Pt. 1: A Sizemic Change

In a society that values appearance, and which has historically equated self with body, how does a woman remain whole in the shadow of mastectomy?

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"Pro-Ana" Websites Encourage Anorexia

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The Cult of Barre

The fusion of yoga, pilates, and ballet in one sounds may sound enticing...but the reality can be less than desirable.