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Chew and spit: high rate of eating disorder warning sign among school kids

New Australian research into body image and eating disorders in adolescents has found an alarming rise in the prevalence of chewing and spitting out food. More than one in ten of the cohort of over 5,000 11- to 19-year-olds reported having spat out food at least once per week, with 2.5% having done so four [...]

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

If you have kids, chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media. Who are they talking to? What are they posting? Are they being bullied? Do they spend too much time on it? Do they realise their friends’ lives aren’t as good as they look on Instagram? We asked five experts if social [...]

By |2019-11-18T11:30:33+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

7 skills to teach your daughter by age 13

Despite all the progress made, our society still puts women through the wringer emotionally. From impossible body standards, to victim blaming, to the pressure to always put others before themselves, there is a whole lot for women to deal with from their teens and beyond. Although parents and caregivers can't shield girls from the world, [...]

Children As Young As 8 Years Old Are Battling With Poor Body Image

Startling new research has found that Aussie kids as young as eight are suffering from poor body image, and the consequences could be catastrophic. Children as young as eight are suffering from body image issues that could have serious and long-term health consequences, startling new research has found. A study released by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has discovered a link [...]

By |2019-02-15T10:53:47+11:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Body Image, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why Doesn’t Sex Ed Cover Body Image?

Without a doubt, American sexual education needs a lot of work. Only 25 states even mandate that it be taught in public schools, and only 13 states require those sex ed programs to be medically accurate. In 2016, a study published by the Guttmacher Institute found today's teens are actually receiving less education on topics like contraception and STI prevention than they [...]

Faking It: How Selfie Dysmorphia is Driving People to Seek Surgery

People used to call Anika the Snap Queen. Between the ages of 19 and 21, she was “obsessed with Snapchat, to the point where I had 4,000 followers”. At the peak of her “tragic” behaviour, she reckons now – a year after quitting the image-sharing app – she was taking 25 selfies a day. She [...]

By |2019-02-04T17:44:44+11:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Social Media, Teens and the Direct Link to Depression

A new study from the U.K. examined the link between social media use and depression-type symptoms in almost 11,000 14-year-olds. Researchers found that girls were two times more likely to be depressed than boys, primarily because of cyberbullying and harassment issues. Why are the results of this study so surprising? Almost 40 percent of the [...]

How to Give Kids Good Body Image in the Age of Snapchat

During a recent date night with my husband, my beloved babysitter let my 4-year-old daughter take a few (unpublished) pictures with a Snapchat filter that added blush and eyelashes while smoothing out her already blemish-free skin. My daughter was transfixed, and started referring to those pictures as “the pretty ones.” My jaw instantly dropped, as [...]

Jameela Jamil on why Airbrushing Should Be Illegal

The actress Jameela Jamil, best known for her role in US TV series The Good Place, says airbrushing is a crime against women and should be illegal. She's one of this year's BBC 100 Women and has also started @i_weigh - a social media initiative designed for people to share what makes them unique and [...]

How ‘Love Island’ Puts Teenage Girls at Risk

In an interview earlier this month, the stars of BBC drama series, Age Before Beauty, criticised programs such as Love island for promoting unrealistic beauty expectations and plastic surgery among younger people. One of the stars of the show, Lisa Riley, expressed concerns that reality TV risked being "treacherous" to young people over body image. [...]

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