Study reveals the strength of the connection between the brain and internal organs is associated with how a person feels about their appearance. Weaker brain responses to the gut and heart were linked to greater levels of body shame and weight preoccupation.
Playing with ultra-thin dolls can skew a young girl's perception of body ideals. The body dissatisfaction that occurs can eventually lead to eating disorders, depression, and unhealthy relationships with diet and exercise.
Having a negative perception of your body image correlates to an increased risk of sexual dysfunction. However, researchers report a positive body image is associated with greater pleasure when it comes to intimacy.
Those with body dysmorphic disorder and anorexia have abnormalities in activity and connectivity in visual and parietal brain networks. People with anorexia and body dysmorphia process images with high, low, or normal levels of detail. The abnormalities for low level of detail have the most direct relationship with disorder symptom severity and body perception.
Virtual reality study reveals we perceive ourselves as more attractive when we view ourselves from a third-person perspective.
Researchers urge people to reframe negative messages about eating and weight loss for the new year ahead.
Orthorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder associated with a pathological obsession with healthy eating, has been associated with OCD traits, poor body image, preoccupation with personal appearance and a prior history of eating disorders. Researchers report those who practise vegetarianism or veganism are at an increased risk of developing orthorexia.
Teenagers who regularly eat breakfast with their parents have a more positive body image than those who skip the meal or do not eat with their family.
According to researchers, social media use in young women can have a negative impact on the way they view their own bodies and appearance. The study reports women who engage with photos of friends they consider to be more attractive than themselves feel worse about their own appearance directly after viewing.