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Teenage girls, body image and Instagram’s ‘perfect storm’

The suffering of the photo-sharing app’s users came into focus this week with the leak of Facebook’s internal research‘I felt my body wasn’t good enough’Emily started using Instagram when she was in her mid-teens and found it helpful at first. She used the photo-sharing app to follow fitness influencers, but what began as a constructive relationship with the platform spiralled into a crisis centred on body image. At 19 she was diagnosed with an eating disorder.“I felt like my body wasn’t good en...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Celebrity, Social Networking, Children, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Health & wellbeing, Young People, Emily


Facebook aware of Instagram’s harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals

Social media firm reportedly kept own research secret that suggests app worsens body image issuesFacebook has kept internal research secret for two years that suggests its Instagram app makes body image issues worse for teenage girls, according to a leak from the tech firm.Since at least 2019, staff at the company have been studying the impact of their product on its younger users’ states of mind. Their research has repeatedly found it is harmful for a large proportion, and particularly teenage ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Society, World news, Mental Health, Body Image, Depression, Young People


‘Don’t beat yourself up’: 10 ways to feel happier with your body as the world reopens

Many of us are returning to the office or socialising for the first time in a year – and may be feeling anxious about physical changes. Here’s how to feel a little bit better about yourselfAs pandemic restrictions are lifted in England, many of us will be returning to offices and meeting up with friends for the first time in more than a year – and some of us may not look the same way we did in pre-Covid times. We may have gained weight, or lost muscle, or simply look more tired than before. Perh...
Tags: Health, England, Life and style, Society, Body Image, Health & wellbeing


Your Freedom Is Worth Reclaiming

“You run like a duck.” I was ten years old on my school soccer field when a girl told me this. I don’t know if she meant the words to be mean, but my cheeks burned with heat.  The kid laughed as she said it, after she’d seen me run across the field trying to keep up in a game the other kids were playing. I can’t remember her name or her face, but I remember her words. Even then I was self-deprecating, laughing along with her, shrugging it off with something like, “That’s me. A duck.”  But ...
Tags: Identity, Freedom, Inspiration, Body Image, Jesus, Encouragement


Instagram ‘pushes weight-loss messages to teenagers’

Researchers find minimal interactions by teen users can trigger a deluge of thin-body and dieting imagesInstagram’s algorithms are pushing teenage girls who even briefly engage with fitness-related images towards a flood of weight-loss content, according to new research which aimed to recreate the experience of being a child on social networks.Researchers adopting “mystery shopper” techniques set up a series of Instagram profiles mirroring real children and followed the same accounts as the volu...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Society, Mental Health, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Digital Media


Bye bye BMI: Pinterest bans weight loss ads in first for major social networks

Advertisements promoting diets or slimming products and that idealise certain body types will be removed from the platformPinterest is banning all advertisements with weight loss language and imagery, including ads that idealise or denigrate certain body types, the social media company says.The popular, picture-led social network, which allows users to create and share mood boards, said it would also not allow ads with testimonials about weight loss or weight loss products, or ads referencing bo...
Tags: Health, Technology, Media, Pinterest, Internet, Social Media, Life and style, Body Image, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing, Diets and dieting


There are two wolves inside me. One is a feminist. The other wants to be thin and beautiful | Leading questions

A lot of talk around body image is just about awareness, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith, and awareness and unlearning are very different stepsThere are two wolves inside me. One is a feminist. The other wants to be thin and beautiful. I am so tired of being caught between them.When I’m eating healthily, I feel good about my body; I can wear the clothes I love, I feel confident and attractive. But I dream of burgers and pizza, of baking cupcakes, whole milk and soft white bread fres...
Tags: Life and style, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Eleanor Gordon Smith


Don't Worry About Your Child’s Pandemic Weight Gain

From the beginning of the pandemic, parents everywhere were concerned about how to keep our kids of all ages physically active while stuck at home. Just like that, their team sports, gym class, recess, playdates, and walks to and from school were all snatched away. Maybe we tried to get them out of the house for…Read more...
Tags: Health, Diets, Obesity, Articles, Body Image, Lifehacks, Smith, Puberty, Don, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Childhood Obesity, Body Shape, Human body, Health Medical Pharma, Richard E Besser, Bariatrics


'My pubic hair paintings could hang in your living room': the artists reclaiming women's sexuality

A Woman’s Right to Pleasure is a new compendium celebrating female erotic art. We meet its contributors, including the photographer who turned her vagina into a cameraDuring the darkest days of the Trump presidency, writer Alexandra Weiss and her colleagues at the Black Book gallery in New York decided to address an issue that felt increasingly pressing. For centuries, women’s sexuality had been seen as a subject for men to pick over, the man in charge at the White House being the most prominent...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, New York, Sex, White House, Women, Painting, Life and style, World news, Body Image, Culture, Art and design, Sexuality, Trump, Weiss


The real thing: my battle to beat a 27-year Diet Coke addiction

I have been obsessed with the sugar-free soda since I was four, spending £500 a year on up to seven cans a day. This is what happened when I tried to quitThe greatest love story of my life has been with a carbonated beverage.I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t addicted to Diet Coke. Some memories: I am sitting at the kitchen table at my grandmother’s house in northern Cyprus, screaming because my mother won’t refill my yellow-and-green patterned glass. I am four or five years old. My grandmoth...
Tags: Health, Food, Business, Coca-cola, Life and style, Society, Cyprus, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Food & drink industry, Soft drinks


I thought my eating disorder was my protector, but I have been anorexia's prey | Melis Layik

With university online and no job to go to thanks to Covid, it has become easier to spend hours in front of the mirror berating my appearanceRead Melis Layik’s most recent Dreams interrupted diaryRead how the pandemic-fuelled recession will affect Australia’s young peopleName: Melis LayikAge: 21I increased my dosage of antidepressants today. With the loosening of Victoria’s Covid restrictions and the surge of New Year’s weight loss marketing, my eating disorder has once again overwhelmed me with...
Tags: Health, Australia, Society, Australia news, Mental Health, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Unemployment, Young People, Victoria, Women's Health, Youth Unemployment, Melis Layik, Melis LayikAge


We compared our bodies to Barbie. Here's what the doll would look like in real life.

Research shows that dolls with unrealistic proportions, like Barbie, promote body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem among young girls. We set out to to discover how unrealistic Barbie's body is by scaling her up to the height of an average American woman.The most noticeable difference was in the waist. Barbie's was about 50 centimeters around, compared to the waist of an average American woman of 98 centimeters.In 2016, Barbie's maker Mattel released a handful of new sizes, including Curvy Bar...
Tags: Video, Science, America, Trends, Diversity, Body Image, Animation, Plus Sized, Barbie, Nickolay Lamm, Jones, Mattel, Ken, Jensen, Curvy Barbie, Lamm


Don't Make Fat Jokes Ever—Especially Not in Front of Your Kids

This pandemic has gifted each of us our own cornucopia of physical and mental garbage: anxiety, isolation, depression, inertia, and insomnia, to name a few. For some, it also led to the more frequent consumption of less healthy (read: comfort) foods. And that indulgence (which, frankly, we deserve) has led to the…Read more...
Tags: Body Image, Fat, Lifehacks, Shame, Weight


When You Feel Like You Take Up Too Much Space

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1 (NIV) I love traveling. I love airports too. Flying, though? I hate flying. See, I’m overweight. And while that fact is always present in my thoughts, never am I more aware of my extra pounds than when I fly. I hate flying because I take up too much space. If I have the choice, I always choose an aisle seat. I hold my breath and suck in my gut and pray that the seatbel...
Tags: Inspiration, Body Image, Courage, Weight, Self-worth, Mary Carver, In)courage Bookshelf, in)courage Library, Take heart


Mulan: why it was a missed opportunity to create a strong Asian woman on screen

In casting waif-like Liu Yifei in its live-action remake, Disney squandered its chance to show a Chinese audience that girls can be both beautiful and toughAs a child who grew up in China with little exposure to Disney until I was eight, the idea of a princess marrying a prince and living happily ever after was something entirely foreign. I was more familiar with the fox and snake spirits in Chinese folklore that transformed into beautiful women and sorceresses, and the cross-dressing heroines o...
Tags: Business, Film, China, Women, Disney, Life and style, Society, World news, Film Industry, Body Image, Culture, Asia Pacific, Health & wellbeing, Beauty, Walt Disney Company, Mulan


The death of the bra: will the great lingerie liberation of lockdown last?

Working from home has been a chance to do away with uncomfortable, unnecessary underwear. And many women have no intention of returning to underwires and constrictionIt was after a shopping trip, the first time for weeks that Louise Kilburn had ventured out during the lockdown, that she realised she wasn’t wearing a bra. “I’d completely forgotten to put it on,” she says. Kilburn, a university lecturer, had been shielding since the last week of March. She was still busy teaching online, although ...
Tags: Fashion, Women, Life and style, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Lingerie, Kilburn, Reductress, Louise Kilburn, Tomi Obaro


I’ve been on a diet since I was four. Can I finally make peace with my body?

I’m never going to stop wanting to be thinner and chasing it. But I’m OK with that, says Marisa MeltzerEvery morning I have the slightly morbid habit of reading the New York Times obituary section. I have a subconscious wish to see in one illuminating flash how another person figured out her story so I can gain some insight into mine. It was mostly a soothing habit, until the morning I read about Jean.In late April 2015 the obit headline read: “Jean Nidetch, a Founder of Weight Watchers, Dies a...
Tags: Life and style, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, New York Times, Diets and dieting, Marisa MeltzerEvery


Victor’s secret: male lingerie is coming to a bloke near you

Could frilly satin and lace underwear, along with form-fitting ‘shapewear’, really replace the traditional vest and Y-fronts?Decades ago, Prince sported high-cut, leather-look women’s briefs on stage, and Rod Stewart borrowed satin knickers from his then girlfriend, Britt Ekland, to wear under tight trousers while performing. Now, ranges of male lingerie are being launched for the man on the street to buy – raising the question: will it catch on?One man thinks so. Jules Parker, 54, is a full-tim...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, UK News, Body Image, Men's Fashion, Prince, Rod Stewart, Lingerie, Victor, Britt Ekland, Jules Parker


Body of work: why Billie Eilish is right to stand her ground against shaming

Billie Eilish has done everything right in her career so far, but that’s not enough for a celebrity industry fixated on sex Billie Eilish has given the music industry everything it could possibly want. An authentic new voice that appeals to teenagers and their parents. A debut album that has sold more than 2m copies in the US alone. A decisive stylistic evolution from the preceding decade’s dominant pop mode. A clean sweep of the four key categories at the Grammys. A copper-bottomed streaming su...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Women, US, Life and style, Society, Music Industry, Body Image, Culture, Pop and rock, Health & wellbeing, James Bond, Young People, Billie Eilish


'If I shed the layers, I am a slut': Billie Eilish addresses body image criticism

The 18-year-old confronted societal ‘assumptions about people based on their size’ on the first night of her world tourBillie Eilish has addressed the commentary she has faced for choosing not to show her body, in a video interlude shown on the first night of her world tour.In the clip, the 18-year-old Grammy winner is seen removing her top and lowering herself into black water as she confronts the opposing responses to her trademark loose attire. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Body Image, Culture, Pop and rock, Billie Eilish


Instagrammer posts side-by-side photos showing the difference between real life and Instagram posing [NSFW]

Seeing all those amazing photos of perfect lives and perfect bodies on Instagram can make us feel jealous. We know that they’re posed and even fake, yet they can still make us feel that we’re not good enough. Because of this, Instagrammer Sara Puhto has built her Instagram account around body positivity and much-needed reality […] The post Instagrammer posts side-by-side photos showing the difference between real life and Instagram posing [NSFW] appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Instagram, Inspiration, Social Media, Body Image, Nsfw, Social Network, Instagrammer Sara Puhto


I’m attracted to “average” guys, but the thought of my body being “average” is unacceptable

Let’s face it, when it comes to hookup apps, physical appearance matters. Nobody cares what arthouse cinema you’re into, or what book you’re reading, or what you do for a living. We’re judged immediately on our physical appearance. Our bodies are essentially our “currency.” They determine whether we connect with one another. Like a lot of gay men, it took me a long time to be OK with my “currency,” er, body. I used to look in the mirror and all I could see were flaws. I was constantly judging m...
Tags: Health, Apps, Sex, Life, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Body Image, Dating, Grindr, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Jake Myers


Anorexia Stole My Childhood, and More

It was in fourth and fifth grade that I decided I didn’t want to grow up. I wanted to be the shortest in my classes, and I even walked around with bent knees to appear shorter. I remember competing with friends to see who could come closest to being able to fit our hands around our waists. I remember having a friend over and watching a Richard Simmons “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” exercise video and then having us both get on the scale to compare weights. I was just a little girl and I don’t know ...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Richard Simmons Sweatin, Peggy Claude Pierre


This Thanksgiving, Stop Food Shaming

Whatever your relationship with food is like, it probably intensifies around Thanksgiving. If you’re sticking to a special diet, you have to decide whether to keep it up or to say fuck it and take a day off to indulge. If your family’s eating habits annoy you, how fun! You’ll be watching them cook and eat all day. I’m…Read more...
Tags: Food, Family, Kids, Thanksgiving, Holidays, Body Image, Social Gps, Lifehacks


The Evolution of Online Eating Disorder Communities From Tumblr to Twitter Meme

Online eating disorder subculture, pockets of the internet where largely young women and girls share inspiration and information on ED behaviors, has always been a black hole of calorie counting and exercising. Little has fundamentally changed since the days of pro-anorexia Livejournal communities, forums, and blogs…Read more...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Mental Health, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Mental Illness, Tumblr, Bulimia, LiveJournal, Body positivity, Ed Twitter


I Believe It’s Possible to Fully Recover from an Eating Disorder

When I first started struggling with food and body image at eight years old, I was convinced it would be a lifelong struggle. My days were spent getting on and off a scale more times than anyone could imagine and counting out my cornflakes before I’d even think of eating them. I felt that I was destined to be bound by my eating disorder forever. However, at 22 years old, I am fully recovered from anorexia. There is some controversy in the mental health world about whether full recovery from a...
Tags: Psychology, Disorders, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Binge Eating, Publishers, Rice Krispies, Colleen, NEDA, Mental Health America, Recover From Eating Disorder, Carolyn Costin, Project HEAL Mental Health America


Body Dysmorphic Disorder’s Impact on Kids Today

The teenage years are hard on kids’ sense of identity and self-esteem, especially as their bodies and minds are changing and growing at a rapid rate. As a parent, it may feel like you are jumping through mental and emotional hoops , doing your best to build up your child while still maintaining discipline. However, adolescents who struggle with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) may need more help than most parents may realize. Body Dysmorphic Disorder Strikes At A Vulnerable Age Body dysm...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, Teenagers, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder, Perfectionism, Adolescence, Phillips, Bjornsson, Body dysmorphia, Jacobson Tyler, Moxley K Lachman, Journal of Psychiatry


Cosmetic clinics to assess mental health before offering Botox

Staff will be trained to spot vulnerable people and direct them towards NHS servicesCosmetic clinics will begin assessing patients’ suitability for Botox in an attempt to spot those whose desire to alter their appearance is due to mental health problems.The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), a trade body, has decided that member clinics will introduce new practices designed to protect the psychologically vulnerable. It has acted after that the cosmetic industry was doing too litt...
Tags: Health, UK News, Mental Health, Body Image, NHS, Plastic Surgery, Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners JCCP


Help Desk: No to Pseudoscientific Diets! Yes to Less Stress About Food!

Judith Newman’s Help Desk column tackles myths about what we eat, how we gain weight and what we see when we look in the mirror.
Tags: Health, London, News, Virginia, Body Image, Bryan, Jonathan, Tomlinson, Judith Newman, Books and Literature, Tommy (Author, Kozlowski, Stress Less, and Feel Great about Your Body (Book, Jaclyn (Author, Bailor


Living with Chronic Anorexia 

It’s been two-thirds of my life that I have been listening to this harassment in my head. I’ve talked back, I’ve fought back, I’ve negotiated, and yet I still suffer. It’s like a permanently playing radio, sometimes louder, sometimes more quiet, but always there as the background sound of my life. It is exhausting, but not as exhausting as it is to try to turn it off and keep it off. Sadly, I’m just used to it now. It’s become so normalized that I don’t really recall what it’s like to not hav...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Eating Disorder, Dieting, Stigma, Peer Support, Chronic Anorexia, Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa