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How the cultural obsession with appearance hurts girls and women.
Renee Engeln Ph.D.
Even when researchers showed women thin-ideal media images at a subconscious level, their body esteem still took a hit.
The next time you feel down about how you look, step away from the mirror and head to the park.
A few moments of reflection before you hit "post" can lead to healthier social media decisions.
We don’t need quieter junk food. We need a complete revision of our relationships with food and our bodies.
During the time of year when we take special care to show love to others, don’t forget to show your body that same kindness.
When we constantly tell little girls how pretty they are, we communicate that looks matter more than other qualities.
They're well intended. But those “You are beautiful” messages can be harmful.
Celebrities regularly share the details of their mental health with fans, but when it comes to eating disorders, these disclosures could lead to negative outcomes.
Let’s reclaim some of that time we spend despairing about our bodies and get back to what really matters.
When we ignore what women say in order to focus on how they look, we stifle meaningful debate and feed a culture that is already too saturated with appearance-driven commentary.
Women who want to improve their fitness need realistic, healthy goals — not shame.
If Dove’s bottles could speak, they’d blend right into the chorus of voices encouraging women to take an objectified perspective on their own bodies.
The messages we hear about women and beauty make it hard to have healthy attitudes toward our bodies. But we can make certain those messages stop at our own front door.
Fostering body shame is not an effective way to get healthy. Shame makes you want to withdraw from important activities and meaningful connections with others. Shame can be a threa
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.