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How the cultural obsession with appearance hurts girls and women.
Renee Engeln Ph.D.
Go ahead, laugh at those overly-perfected celebrity Instagram images. Research shows it’s good for you.
Despite all this talk of body positivity, there’s a lot we’re getting seriously wrong about the concept.
You can change the mental habit of berating your body and learn to think gentler, more accepting thoughts.
Evidence is piling up that researchers and health practitioners can no longer ignore this toxic mix of disordered eating and dangerous drinking.
Our motivations for exercise matter. Try framing fitness goals in terms of health instead of body shape.
Stand up against body shaming. A little compassion combined with a clear statement of your position can go a long way.
Recent research suggests for eating disorders, girls and women who are members of different ethnic groups have more similarities than differences.
Research shows that reading compliments about appearance made on other people's Instagram posts can make you feel worse about your own body.
Some carefully tailored self-talk can help you move away from the mirror and get back to living your life.
Long-term research fails to show that diets are a successful weight management strategy. Why do we still think we just haven’t found the right one yet?
A new experiment shows the psychological costs of selfie posting: increased anxiety and decreased confidence.
New studies show how women who struggle with body image can practice a kinder, gentler way of thinking about their body.
Given the flood of truly body-positive songs released recently, why not demand more from our lyrics and stick with songs that send healthier messages?
Even when researchers showed women thin-ideal media images at a subconscious level, their body esteem still took a hit.
The next time you feel down about how you look, step away from the mirror and head to the park.
A few moments of reflection before you hit "post" can lead to healthier social media decisions.
We don’t need quieter junk food. We need a complete revision of our relationships with food and our bodies.
During the time of year when we take special care to show love to others, don’t forget to show your body that same kindness.
When we constantly tell little girls how pretty they are, we communicate that looks matter more than other qualities.
They're well intended. But those “You are beautiful” messages can be harmful.
Celebrities regularly share the details of their mental health with fans, but when it comes to eating disorders, these disclosures could lead to negative outcomes.
Let’s reclaim some of that time we spend despairing about our bodies and get back to what really matters.
When we ignore what women say in order to focus on how they look, we stifle meaningful debate and feed a culture that is already too saturated with appearance-driven commentary.
Women who want to improve their fitness need realistic, healthy goals — not shame.
If Dove’s bottles could speak, they’d blend right into the chorus of voices encouraging women to take an objectified perspective on their own bodies.
The messages we hear about women and beauty make it hard to have healthy attitudes toward our bodies. But we can make certain those messages stop at our own front door.
Fostering body shame is not an effective way to get healthy. Shame makes you want to withdraw from important activities and meaningful connections with others. Shame can be a threa
Renee Engeln, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Northwestern University, is the author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women.