Body Positive

Short, tall, fat, thin, wrinkly, disabled. Beauty is a social construct, and in the only world that really counts—that of self-image—everyone can feel beautiful. Image: Botticelli Wikimedia Commons.

The Myth of Benign Obesity

By Mark Borigini M.D.
There is no “benign obesity.” Now, what are we going to do about it?

The Denial Diet

By Mark Borigini M.D.
I await the e-Twinkie.

Are You Too Embarrassed to Exercise?

By Barbara Markway Ph.D.
8 tips to help you shed your self-consciousness at the gym.

The Race To Be Beautiful

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D.
Developing a stronger ethnic identity can improve your body image.

Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep: The Different Types of Attractiveness

By Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
What we've learned about who we want to be with.

The Mass Media, Body Image, and Self-Deception

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D.
How culture can influence your body image and ideals of beauty.

I Feel Too Fat for Sex

By Laurie J Watson LMFT, LPC
Steps to Developing a Healthy, Sensual Body Image

The Doctor Will See You—When You Lose Twenty Pounds

By Mark Borigini M.D.
The irony in all this is that doctors would really rather not deal with obesity.

Trusting the Obese and Uninterested

By Mark Borigini M.D.
Obese and empty of empathy: the reality of the overweight doctor-patient myth.

When the Mirror Attacks

By Terri Cheney
The cruelty of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The Feces Thesis of Obesity

By Mark Borigini M.D.
A purveyor of frottage with chocolate frosting on its lips.

'Spot Reduction'

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D.
Is it possible to lose fat by training muscles in certain parts of our bodies?

Eating Disorder Stereotypes Hurt

By Victoria Maxwell
What size do you have to be to have an eating disorder?

Looking at "Girls"

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A.
The thoroughly modern problem of body image.

Co-Ed Settings Skew Body Image

By Kimberly Shearer Palmer

Why women have poor body image when men are around.

Do You Look Fat in That? Why Do You Care?

By Gina Barreca Ph.D.
Clothes don't make you who you are, unless you let them.

Fighting the Unhealthy Cultural Push for Wedding Weight Loss

By Theresa E DiDonato Ph.D.
Pre-wedding weight loss is not all that it's cracked up to be

Eating Disorders in Men: An Interview With Dr. Roberto Olivardia

By Stephanie Sarkis Ph.D.
One in six people with an eating disorder is male.


By Sheila Weinstein
Getting real about who we are.

The Body Image Revolution

By Alexis Conason Psy.D.
How one image started the conversation

The Case for Real Beauty

By Vivian Diller Ph.D.
We're seeing a revolution in how we view beauty. Here's why.

Time for a Body Image Makeover? A 10-Step guide

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
A 10-step makeover for your body image can benefit your health

How to Improve Body Image: The Three D's

By Jamie Long Psy.D.
At war with your body? Learn three ways to improve body image.

Fat Talk and Your Self-Image

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Talking yourself into feeling fat can be harmful to your mental health

A Man's Drive for Muscularity and His Views about Women

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
The surprising ways that a man's body image reflects his attitudes toward women

Women "of a Certain Age" Posing Naked For Self Acceptance

By Pamela Madsen
There are few images in the media of mid-life women looking authentic and sexy.

What's Wrong With Dove's Real Beauty Sketches Campaign?

By Kate Fridkis
Dove is starting a conversation about beauty, let's continue it

Changing Your Body Image Once and for All

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
Years of inner criticism take a heavy toll.