Research + News | Topic: Body Image

Selfie Distortions Lead To Increase In Nose Job Requests, New Study Finds

Smartphone selfies distort the appearance of facial features, leading to more cosmetic surgery inquiries, researchers say. Read the article here.

What Is ‘Bigorexia’?

A social media diet of perfect bodies is spurring some teenage boys to form muscle dysmorphia. Read the article here.

Social Media Filters Are Changing How Young People See Themselves

This article is part of a series of articles from Teen Vogue exploring how social media impacts mental health. Read the article here.

TikTok Content May Be Promoting An Unhealthy Standard Of Living For Adolescents

Eating disorders among teenagers have been linked more recently to TikTok, as users post content daily consisting of what they eat in a day or the methods they use to lose weight, especially within the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article here.

What Teen Girls Wish Parents Knew About Instagram

What do teen girls wish grown-ups (particularly their parents) really knew about Instagram? And what advice do they have for kids just starting out on the app? Read the article here.

The Dangerous Experiment On Teen Girls

The preponderance of the evidence suggests that social media is causing real damage to adolescents. Read the article here.

‘It Spreads Like A Disease’: How Pro-Eating-Disorder Videos Reach Teens On TikTok

Although the platform bans content promoting dangerous weight loss, hashtags such as #skinnycheck can still be found. Read the article here.

‘She Opens The App And Gets Bombarded’: Parents On Instagram, Teens And Eating Disorders

Mothers describe their daughters’ dangerous experiences after whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony. Read the article here.

Facebook Knows Instagram Is Harming Teens. But Is Anything Going To Change?

In Facebook’s own internal research, one-third of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse. Read the article here.

Instagram Promoted Pages Glorifying Eating Disorders To Teen Accounts

Proof that Instagram is not only failing to crack down on accounts promoting extreme dieting and eating disorders, but actively promotes those accounts, comes as Instagram and its parent company Facebook are facing intense scrutiny over the impact they have on young people’s mental health. Read the article here.