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What the science of body image can teach us about feeling better in our own skin.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on July 11, 2022
How does the way men feel about their body impact their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around eating? This study investigated these relationships among men over one year.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on April 28, 2022
Cosmetic surgery is on the rise, worldwide. New research investigates what impacts women's attitudes toward cosmetic surgery and how these may differ across cultures.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on April 7, 2022
Weight-based discrimination is prevalent and harms well-being. A new study investigates the potential buffering effect of "fat-group identification."
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on January 24, 2022
Modern women are both encouraged to undergo cosmetic surgery and condemned for doing so. A recent review explains why this "cosmetic surgery paradox" exists.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on November 22, 2021
The body-positive movement has become increasingly visible on social media as an antidote to beauty-ideal imagery. But does it actually contribute to positive body image?
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on August 27, 2021
A new study investigates how body satisfaction changes across the lifespan and between cohorts.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on July 12, 2021
Social media can make people feel worse about their body. A new study reveals what "filtering" strategies people could use to foster and protect positive body image instead.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on May 18, 2021
Weight stigma is prevalent and harmful. New research shows that appreciating the body functionality of others may be a helpful strategy to tackle weight stigma.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on April 23, 2021
A new study looks at women's attitudes toward removing Likes on Instagram. What are its potential benefits and drawbacks?
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on February 16, 2021
New research shows that your view of the "perfect body" may depend on the other bodies you see.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on December 17, 2020
"I appreciate your body because..." A new experiment shows why promoting body positivity to a close friend may be good for your own body image.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on October 12, 2020
Can thinking about your own death be beneficial? New research reveals that death reflection can help people to feel more positively about how they look.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on September 8, 2020
New research suggests that how you feel about your body depends on who you spend time with.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on July 15, 2020
Yoga can help you to feel more positively about your body. But how does this work?
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on May 13, 2020
A new study sheds light on attitudes toward cosmetic surgery in China, where the number of procedures is rising more rapidly than anywhere else in the world.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on April 17, 2020
How is your personality related to how you feel about your looks? New research uncovers the personality traits linked to body dissatisfaction.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on February 18, 2020
Skin Wars is a reality TV show that reveals the beauty of body painting. But it turns out that body painting is also an important teaching tool and survival mechanism.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on January 23, 2020
Does pregnancy change how women think and feel about their bodies? A new study reveals the ways women might feel more—and less—dissatisfied with their bodies during pregnancy.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on November 26, 2019
Do #makeupfree Instagram images really make us feel happier about our looks? New research reveals the answer.
Jessica M Alleva Ph.D. on October 14, 2019
New research reveals how thinking about what your body can do, and not how it looks, can lead to very different kinds of thoughts.