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School Clamps Down on Phones and Fitbits to Ease Body Image Worries

Stroud high school for girls says tech gadgets and social media exacerbate pressures leading to low self-esteem A girls’ school is banning wearable activity trackers and smartwatches because of concerns that pupils are skipping lunch if they fail to meet their calorie and exercise targets. Teachers at Stroud high school in Gloucestershire fear the gadgets [...]

The Deadly Hidden Disorder Inside Our Universities

Rebecca Gallagher was less than six months into her first semester when she was found dead inside her University of Sydney college dormitory. She had been inactive for a day on Facebook messenger, her classmates say, which was unusual for the vivacious former Kincoppal-Rose Bay pupil who had a habit of collecting friends. The last day of [...]

Males With Body Image Issues And Eating Disorders Are Up To Four Times More Likely To Go Undiagnosed Than Females

I’m going to suggest something controversial - body image can be just as much an issue for men as it is for women, it’s just that we rarely hear about it from men themselves. We know that talking and being emotionally vulnerable can be hard for men. Add to the equation an ultra-sensitive sore point [...]

Muscle Dysmorphia: How Idealised Masculinity Became The New Eating Disorder

The mirrors bolted to the walls of Sydney's bodybuilding gyms are crowded with impossibly muscled men. It's a smorgasbord of peak health and physical perfection. But Joey Sheather can pick them. The men who have bulked-up too fast, whose passion for fitness has tipped over into obsession. The ones who will never be satisfied no [...]

Why People With Eating Disorders Are Often Obsessed With Food

Lorraine Pascale, a chef and regular guest on the BBC’s cooking programme, Saturday Kitchen, recently admitted that she struggled with an eating disorder. For many, it would seem counter-intuitive that a person with an eating disorder would spend so much time around food. But an obsession with food is often linked with eating disorders, highlighting [...]

More Teens Than Ever Before Meet The Criteria For Having Mental Health Issues

Nearly 1 in 4 Australian teenagers meet the criteria for having a "probable serious mental illness", a joint report from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute has found. The Five Year Mental Health Youth Report presented findings from the past five Mission Australia youth surveys, during which thousands of adolescents answered questions on several [...]

Anorexia Leaves Lasting Changes In The Brain, Even After Treatment

Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse. The study, published last week in the American Journal of Psychiatry, examined 21 female adolescents before and after treatment for anorexia and found that their brains still had an [...]

Young Women Are Now A ‘High-risk Group’ For Mental Illness

Psychological distress in women aged 16-24 is at an all-time high, with record numbers admitting to harming themselves to relieve their distress, according to an alarming study. Experts say young women are now a “high-risk group” and point to links between mental illness and violence or sexual abuse, and possible pressures from the rise of [...]

Orthorexia Warning Signs: New Year’s Resolutions Can Trigger Eating Disorders

People all over the world will be forming goals for the new year through the rest of December, seeking to improve themselves once the clock strikes 2017. Some of the most popular resolutions are health-oriented, including going to the gym more often and eating better, which can spell trouble for people struggling to overcome eating [...]

Why Reducing Advice To A BMI Number Is Hurting Our Health

Flickr Images "You're overweight, borderline obese." This was what Christopher was told when he attended his corporate health check. The person conducting the check went on to suggest that he take a look at his diet and perhaps think about healthy options. While they didn't come out and say "you need to lose [...]