Verified by Psychology Today
How the cultural obsession with appearance hurts girls and women.
Renee Engeln Ph.D.
Recent research suggests there is no good answer to the question of what “clean eating” means, much to the detriment of consumers.
Researchers examine which weight-related terms are most and least preferred by heavier patients.
Research suggests Victoria's Secret's massive rebranding effort is a step in the right direction when it comes to women's psychological health.
New research conducted across six countries confirms that being teased or treated unfairly because of weight is linked with unhealthy eating habits, less exercise, and more stress.
A newly published analysis of nearly 100 studies shows that intuitive eating is linked with a variety of positive mental health outcomes.
Researchers find that a few minutes of play with Barbies changes girls’ ideas of what their body should look like.
A new study demonstrates that incidents of intimate-partner violence can be predicted by the number of misogynistic tweets in a given geographic area.
When it comes to asking for what they think they deserve, by age 8 girls are already more hesitant to negotiate with a male experimenter than a female experimenter, a new study finds.
A new study of over 28,000 children concludes that sending body size report cards to parents does no good and may cause harm.
Emotional distress can be paralyzing. The good news is that researchers have documented several techniques that can give you an immediate mood boost.
Sexy Halloween costumes aren't just sold to women. New research shows how outfits for young girls are more likely to be sexualized than those for boys.
A new study suggests that pandemic-related stress and lockdowns can exacerbate the symptoms of eating disorders, especially among the already vulnerable.
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.
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.