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How the cultural obsession with appearance hurts girls and women.
Renee Engeln Ph.D.
Because it is more socially acceptable to focus on healthy eating than it is to have an eating disorder, "orthorexia" may be a way for some to mask anorexia.
New research shows that women believe men think fashion models have the ideal body shape. In reality, both men and women tend to believe fashion models are too thin.
The research is clear that exercise, whether alone or combined with other treatments, can be a great way to reduce anxiety—and it can make you feel better almost immediately.
Just seven minutes of Instagram use can decrease body satisfaction in young women.
A large body of research now suggests that yoga — when practiced under the right conditions — can facilitate a sense of positive embodiment.
Be gentle with the people on your social media feed and with yourself. Instead of focusing on weight gain, take this opportunity to show compassion to your body.
It's not your imagination. Victoria's Secret models have been getting thinner over time just as the average woman's body has been getting bigger.
Researchers found that even a few hours per week of watching Western television made participants find thinner women’s bodies more attractive.
A new study suggests that showing how "fake" Instagram photos can be might improve women's body image.
New research suggests that over the past 10 years, children between ages 8 and 12 are showing higher rates of this life-threatening disorder.
A new study finds that a majority of pregnant women report being shamed for weight gain. This can lead to stress, depression, and maladaptive eating.
A new study finds warning that fashion ads have been digitally altered to improve models’ appearance does not help women’s body image or make the images seem less realistic.
Scientists conclude that weight-based stigma and discrimination explain part of the link between obesity and negative health outcomes.
Instagrammers often use the hashtag #nofilter to communicate the authenticity of their photos. But recent research suggests the #nofilter claim is frequently a lie.
A new study reveals that 3-10 year-old girls tend to reject the new “curvy” Barbie, calling her “not pretty” and describing her as less likely to have friends.
Which comes first, depression or increased social media use? New research addresses the “chicken or the egg” question.
Go ahead, laugh at those overly-perfected celebrity Instagram images. Research shows it’s good for you.
Despite all this talk of body positivity, there’s a lot we’re getting seriously wrong about the concept.
You can change the mental habit of berating your body and learn to think gentler, more accepting thoughts.
Evidence is piling up that researchers and health practitioners can no longer ignore this toxic mix of disordered eating and dangerous drinking.
Our motivations for exercise matter. Try framing fitness goals in terms of health instead of body shape.
Stand up against body shaming. A little compassion combined with a clear statement of your position can go a long way.
Recent research suggests girls and women with eating disorders who are members of different ethnic groups have more similarities than differences.
Research shows that reading compliments about appearance made on other people's Instagram posts can make you feel worse about your own body.
Some carefully tailored self-talk can help you move away from the mirror and get back to living your life.
Long-term research fails to show that diets are a successful weight management strategy. Why do we still think we just haven’t found the right one yet?
A new experiment shows the psychological costs of selfie posting: increased anxiety and decreased confidence.
New studies show how women who struggle with body image can practice a kinder, gentler way of thinking about their body.
Given the flood of truly body-positive songs released recently, why not demand more from our lyrics and stick with songs that send healthier messages?
Even when researchers showed women thin-ideal media images at a subconscious level, their body esteem still took a hit.
Renee Engeln, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Northwestern University, is the author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women.