‘Hyper-parenting’ Is Making Kids Fall Apart

'Slow coach' Carl Honore (third from left) with Dianne and Glen's family on Frantic Family Rescue. Photo: Guss Mallmann Australian children are under too much pressure, and most of that is coming from their parents, who are themselves the victims of social pressure to create "the perfect family". The Canadian sociologist Carl Honore [...]

Young Women Feeling Most Stress at Modern Life

Newsx.com Numerous studies have shown the contradiction reported by women who are high-achieving, but whose internal turmoil has a detrimental impact on their quality of life. Despite coming out on top of many socio-economic indicators, such as income and education levels, more and more young women are finding themselves struggling with high levels of stress. - Alana [...]

Obesity and Body Image by Prof Susan Sawyer

Professor Susan Sawyer spoke at the 2015 Melbourne Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People seminar. Her presentation on Obesity and Body Image was acclaimed by hundreds of teachers, counsellors and social workers who attended the seminar. Her talk was recorded and can be viewed below.

Demand for Better Selfies Prompts Rise in US Plastic Surgery Requests

Dental hygienist Jennifer Reynolds was always self-conscious about her looks, never took selfies and felt uncomfortable being tagged in photographs posted on social media. The 34-year-old from Costa Rica who lives in New York opted for plastic surgery on her nose and now feels ready for prime time on social media."I definitely feel more comfortable [...]

Sleepy teens hit the bum notes in life

A GENERATION of sleep-deprived teenagers is not what society needs. Blink and these exhausted, overstimulated youngsters will be adults charged with making ­responsible decisions, whether they're equipped to or not. Young people who don't get enough sleep miss out on major developmental milestones that enable empathy, respect, reasoning and self-control. Without the nine to 10 [...]

Miley Cyrus: does the music business exploit women?

The pornification of everything is a huge problem across our culture, and one that has only grown muckier and more entrenched with the spread of the internet on teenagers' mobile phones. It's a problem not confined to pop music – hello, fashion photography – but pop is where the tectonic plates of sex and commerce [...]

Australian girls shun swimming, cycling because of body fears

AT least 200,000 Australian girls aged between 10 and 17 are not swimming because they feel bad in bathers, a survey suggests. More than 70 per cent in the age group feel internal and external pressure to look beautiful and 17 per cent avoid activities such as going to the beach or riding a bike. [...]