Research + News | Topic: Body Image

‘Anorexia Coach’: Sexual Predators Online Are Targeting Teens Wanting To Lose Weight. Platforms Are Looking The Other Way

There’s no shortage of people online looking to exploit and manipulate the vulnerable among us. One such group is anorexia coaches, or “anacoaches”. Read the article here.

Instagram ‘Pushes Weight-Loss Messages To Teenagers’

Researchers find minimal interactions by teen users can trigger a deluge of thin-body and dieting images. Read the article here.

Selfie-Image Problem: 9 In 10 Young Women Edit, Filter Photos Before Posting Them Online

Most young women in the survey said they’re frequently bombarded with tailored ads for beauty products and cosmetic surgeries. Read the article here.

Social Media Damages Teenagers’ Mental Health, Report Says

One in three girls was unhappy with their personal appearance by the age of 14, compared with one in seven at the end of primary school. Read the article here.

Insider Created A TikTok Account And Set The Age At 14 To Test How Long Before A Plastic Surgeon’s Promotional Video Appeared. It Only Took 8 Minutes.

Videos promoting rhinoplasty are appearing on the For You Page of teenagers as young as 14. Read the article here.

The Paradox Of Online “Body Positivity”

It has always sucked to compare yourself to the prettiest girl in school, but it sucks a lot more to feel like everybody else in the entire world is the prettiest girl in school. Read the article here.

Instagram Influencers Making Guys More Body-Conscious

Young men’s attitudes about body image and fitness can be affected by Instagram influencers, according to a new study. Read the article here.

A Third Of Girls Say They Won’t Post Selfies Without Enhancement

Charity behind survey says unrealistic images increase pressures as girls spend more time online. Read the article here.

Warning On Link Between Heavy Instagram Use And Body Image

‘It’s Not Worth It’: Young Women On How TikTok Has Warped Their Body Image

Seven women in their teens and 20s told NBC News that the content they viewed on TikTok had pushed them to fixate more on their diets and exercise regimens to a dangerous extent. Read the article here.