body image


What It's Like When You Only Grow One Breast

For young women with Poland's Syndrome, their chest can become a source of profound shame, setting them on a path of plastic surgery and ravaged self-esteem.
Jessica Pan
mental health

When You Have Body Dysmorphia, Coping Through Plastic Surgery Can Be a Nightmare

For people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), who obsessively fixate on their perceived physical flaws, cosmetic surgery often seems like a viable solution. But instead, it often causes symptoms to worsen, trapping BDD patients in an endless...
Stephanie Dubick

Fat Acceptance Activists Take Over Brazilian Beach Just Before Carnival

Rio's first "Day of Fat People on the Beach" celebrated bikinis and body positivity on one the city's most beloved tourist spots.
Emily Jensen

Are Women Avoiding the Birth Control Pill Over Fears of Gaining Weight?

A new study finds that overweight or obese women "may be reluctant" to use hormonal contraception because it's typically associated with weight gain—but some psychologists fear the findings aren't actually accurate.
Amanda Arnold

Inside Instagram's Secretive Plastic Surgery Support Community

On Instagram, thousands are sharing no-holds-barred pictures of their surgery under hashtags like #rhinoplastydiary and #rhinoplastyjournal. Experts are worried that they paint an unrealistic picture of what surgery can achieve.
Leonie Roderick
mental health

'In the Mirror, What I Saw Was a Monster': Living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Those who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) fixate obsessively on one or more perceived flaws in their appearance, resulting in depression and social anxiety—and, in extreme cases, thoughts of suicide. But despite the severity of the condition...
Stephanie Dubick

At Seven, Girls Are Already Feeling the Pressure to Lose Weight and 'Be Perfect'

New research shows that young girls are more embarrassed and insecure about their looks than ever before.
Sirin Kale

Men Love Their Dicks, Groundbreaking Study Finds

According to a 2016 study, 86 percent of men are satisfied with their penis. We asked the lead researcher on the study what men love so much about their genitalia.
Candace Bryan

Women Are Less Miserable About Their Bodies Than They've Been in Decades

According to a new study, women's satisfaction with their bodies has gone up—but body image issues are far from over.
Candace Bryan

We Asked a Young Nudist Why Young People Aren't Nudists Anymore

As a Canadian nudist community struggles to recruit younger members, a 27-year-old leading naturist explains why under-30s prefer to keep their clothes on.
Sirin Kale

Why Teenage Girls Hate Their Vaginas So Much

As an American gynecological association issues new guidance on what to do when teenage girls request cosmetic genital surgery, we ask a doctor why an increasing number of teens are looking to 'correct' their vulvas.
Sirin Kale

Why Eating Disorders Are on the Rise in Japan

Eating disorders have been increasing in Japan since the 1980s—despite the country's historically low obesity rates. A Japanologist explains the country's cultural obsession with being thin.
Sirin Kale