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13/04/2009 Physical attraction may be as old as time, but new studies are beginning to uncover the science behind sex appeal. Unexpected factors -- like biochemical odors, face shape and voice pitch -- just might have more to do with your choice of mate than anyone ever expected. Karl Grammer and Elizabeth Oberzaucher are leading the research on the human scent's influence on sexual attraction. They've found that when women are ovulating, they produce copulins, a scent that attracts men. Read more

12/11/2008 Researchers have found that the bigger the group of potential mates to choose from the more likely individuals are to make a decision based on looks and sex appeal alone. This is because their mind blanks at the choice and they revert to basic instincts, scientists believe. Read more (English)

31/08/2008 Beauty obsession .  Hungry fashion models, sexed-up tweens and 50-year-old actresses with baby-plump faces. Today's pursuit of beauty ideals is an all-too-familiar narrative steeped in medical wizardry, sexual objectification and sheer self-deprivation. Read more

03/06/2008 Waitresses with Bigger [Ahem]s Get Bigger Tips .waitresses’ tips varied with age in a negative, quadratic relationship, increased with breast size, increased with having blond hair, and decreased with body size. These findings, which are discussed from an evolutionary perspective, make several contributions to the literature on female physical attractiveness. First, they replicate some previous findings ... Finally, they highlight the need for more ecologically valid tests of evolutionary theories about the determinants and consequences of female beauty...The Determinants and Consequences of Female Attractiveness and Sexiness: Realistic Tests with Restaurant Waitresses [pdf], Michael Lynn, Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  Read more

21/05/2008 Teenage girls who consider themselves attractive are 35 per cent more likely to be the victims of emotionally damaging bullying - including being socially excluded or having rumours spread about them, says a new study. Read more

09/02/2008 Physical attraction may have more to do with oxytocin levels than social cultural constructs. The secret of sexual attraction has long mystified those held in its throes, but it perplexes scientists and academics too, who have been squabbling about the inner workings of our sexual proclivities for eons Read more

30/12/2007 Beauty does count. A reader sent me an interesting academic article from the European Journal of Political Research. It is a study of whether physical attractiveness affects the electoral success of candidates, using the North Rhine-Westphalia state election of 2005 as the test.There were 512 candidates and around 1,000 people rated their official photos for attractiveness (not being told they were candidates) on a scale from 1 to 7 (heh should have been 1 to 10).They found that variations in candidate attractiveness thus can cause a change of up to 4% in the vote.They also found having more attractive candidates increases turnout. For every grade higher on the 1 - 7 attractiveness scale, the turnout increases by 1.15%, meaning attractive candidates can lead to an increased turnout of up to 6.9%.Applying the study to the election result, they found that in the 128 constituencies, from 6 to 17 constituencies could have changed hands if the losing party had a more attractive candidate. So for 13% of electorates, candidate attractiveness can make a difference. (Source :

27/12/2007 Tired of Beauty Pageants? Enter an Ugly Contest! We've all seen Miss Teen South Carolina give us her wisdom on giving maps to the Iraqis and South Africans, or generically beautiful girls parading around in swimsuits, but how many of us have ever seen a contest where it's not the most beautiful, but the ugliest who wins the crown? This past week Shenzhen, China hosted an Ugly Contest, where everyone who entered received 100 RMB (which is about $14) and the winner walked away with 10,000 RMB, the equivalent of a year's salary for local migrant workers.  Not surprisingly, this type of a contest hasn't been without controversy and critics who blame the contest organizers of profiting from the pain of others.   Shenzhen isn't a city wth a less than attractive population, but it is a city swarming with unlicensed or aspiring plastic surgeons. Read more

01/12/2007 A new study published in Personal Relationships examines the way in which perceptions of physical attractiveness are influenced by personality. The study finds that individuals - both men and women - who exhibit positive traits, such as honesty and helpfulness, are perceived as better looking. Those who exhibit negative traits, such as unfairness and rudeness, appear to be less physically attractive to observers. Read more

07/11/2007 You can alter your attraction to the opposite sex simply by looking straight at them and smiling, research suggests.A study of hundreds of volunteers at Stirling and Aberdeen Universities found averting the eyes even a fraction can make you appear less attractive. In the Royal Society's Proceedings B journal, they say the direction of gaze plays a role alongside a symmetrical face or healthy skin. An expert said it may stop people wasting energy on pointless courtships. Read more

04/09/2007 While humans may consider themselves highly sophisticated beings, a new study says that when it comes to choosing a mate, we resort to the most basic of selection processes: looks.
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17/08/2007 The shameless exploitation of little girls by commercial interests is poisoning a generation. Living in a sex-saturated society we are used to seeing the image of women cheapened. But baby dolls who know how to "flaunt" their sexuality? Provocative underwear for little girls, and "pole dancing" kits for them to entertain their families and friends with suggestive moves - and be paid in play dollars for it. Read more

08/08/2007 Women who get breast implants are more likely to take their own lives, says a recent study.The study, published in the August edition of Annals of Plastic Surgery, revealed that women who underwent surgery to enlarge their breasts were three times as likely to commit suicide as those who did not have the surgery. Read more (English)

13/06/2007 It hasn't exactly replaced part-time jobs or family vacations on the summertime to-do list, but plastic surgery has become more popular among teenagers this time of year, doctors say. And for the families that can afford it, a nose job or new breasts are showing up on graduation-gift lists that have traditionally included a car, computer or a trip to Hawaii. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that nearly 94,000 teenagers, ages 19 and under, underwent some kind of cosmetic surgical procedure in 2006, not including minimally invasive treatments like Botox or chemical peels. In 1996, about 11,500 cosmetic surgeries were performed on patients 18 and under. In 2002, the number had grown to nearly 81,000. Read more (English)

05/06/2007 In the Catholic mostly boys high school I went to, I observed a physical attractiveness pattern. Most ugly students get lower grades, are the last one to be pick in basketball by the member of the class, are blamed most of the time for a trouble they didn’t started, are suspended a lot, and alone most of the time.On the other hand, handsome students get good grades with the same effort or less of those of ugly students, are varsity player or president of a club, get excused most of the time for starting trouble, never suspended, and have lots of friends. And of course there are us, the average blokes, en masa.
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23/05/2007 Researchers have discovered that not only does body shape relate to how attractive we find others, but also in the way they carry themselves.The findings reflect the views of over 700 individuals who participated in a series of five studies, three of which involved animated representations of people walking. The attractiveness ratings for perceived women increased by about 50 percent when they walked with hip sway, and attractiveness ratings for perceived men more than doubled when they walked with a swagger in their shoulders. Read more(English)

18/05/2007 Legislation to add "weight and height" to anti-discrimination law in Massachusetts has been proposed to give special protection to short and fat people.The bill, which would make Massachusetts the second state in the United States to offer such protections, applies mainly to the workplace but also covers landlords and real estate interactions.Rep. Byron Rushing, a Boston Democrat who is sponsoring the bill, said it is a question of civil rights. Read more (English)

01/05/2007 Among young teens, race and gender affect whether self-esteem is linked to body weight, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. Read more

21/03/2007 Ugly defendants 'more likely to be found guilty than attractive ones' The study found that good-looking defendants were more likely to be cleared by jurors in a court. Good looks could help guilty defendants dodge justice, researchers have said. They reported that in an experiment jurors were more likely to convict suspects deemed ugly than those seen as attractive. It is thought that the principle applies elsewhere in life, with beauty being associated with kindness, intelligence and sporting ability. Read more

07/03/2007 Good-looking bosses considered more competent, MSNBC survey finds
"Physical attractiveness creates a halo around a person," said management psychologist Ken Siegel, summarizing a vast body of research. "We still place a premium on physical attractiveness as a mediator of other things, and we do not attribute favorable qualities to people we deem unattractive.
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21/02/2007 Media images of sexed-up girls and women posing as adolescents can cause psychological and even physical harm to adolescents and young women, a study has found. The pressure of what experts call "sexualisation" can lead to depression, eating disorders, and poor academic performance, said the report, released by the American Psychological Association. Read more

13/02/2007 Men who are good-looking, single, and earn a fortune are not as attractive as good-looking men who have an average kind of job, according to the research. Simon Chu of the University of Central Lancashire and colleagues studied how women weigh up male physical attractiveness and socio-economic status when considering a long-term relationship.Read more

12/02/2007 You’ve heard of the "numbers game" in dating--the theory that the more people you express a romantic interest in, the more likely you are to succeed with at least one of them. A new study suggests that you should be wary of this strategy. In fact, the research shows that prospective partners can sense your lack of selectivity without being told--and that it's a big turnoff. Read more

09/02/2007 Forget Mr Right - women want Mr Medium JULIE WHELDON It has long been assumed that when women look for love then a large salary, a fast car and a high-flying job will make a gentleman more attractive. But scientists have found that women actually prefer a man of medium status rather than one who is a soaraway success. This is because they think attractive successful men are "too good to be true" and the relationship won't last. They also fear such a man is more likely to be unfaithful and will lack the time and dedication to help raise children. Read more

27/12/2006 Gordon Patzer wants you to know one thing: Beauty is ugly."We put too much importance on physical attractiveness," says the Roosevelt University business school dean. "It plays a big role in how we raise our kids, how we choose mates and how we elect politicians." Patzer's been researching the impact of physical attractiveness for 35 years, since he was an undergraduate student. Though differential treatment has plagued the human race since its start, it has only been recently that scientists have documented it. While the 1960s and '70s gave birth to the notion that beauty is power, subsequent decades have expanded on the theory and produced mountains of research to back it up. Patzer's been at the forefront of that research. "Once I got into it, I grew more interested and excited at how big a role physical attractiveness plays in society," Patzer said. His latest book, "The Power & Paradox of Physical Attractiveness" (BrownWalker Press; $29.95), offers a slew of evidence to support what many of us now know but do not necessarily like. Read more(English)

23/12/2006 Beautiful politicians win more votes, according to Australian National University research released today that asked an independent group of ‘beauty raters’ to assess the looks of 286 major party candidates who ran in the 2004 federal election.The study, conducted by ANU economist Dr Andrew Leigh and University of South Australia student Amy King, found that voters tend to opt for the better-looking candidate.Read more

18/11/2006 Psychologists have long demonstrated that we tend to perceive physically attractive people as not just easy on the eye but more intelligent and competent as well. That this perception might not be strictly rational could be concluded from the finding that the beautiful are seen as better than the rest of us in such apparently unrelated tasks as piloting an aircraft. This tendency to see the attractive as bearing a host of other desirable qualities also explains why an attractive defendant is likely to be given a more lenient sentence or even be let off by a jury. The effect is profound - both genders see physically attractive men and women as more intelligent and good. Even very young children perceive better-looking teachers as more intelligent. As it is unlikely that children are prejudiced by personal biases arising from their own feelings of attraction or of falling in love, it would appear that something profound is at work. The evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics and Jody Kovar of the University of Pennsylvania in the US have published research that argues that the beautiful really are more intelligent. Read more

10/11/2006 What do Seton Hall professors Gita Das-Bender, Susan King, Kristin Kucsma, Claudine Metallo, Mary Mueller, Lauren Murphy, Ines Murzaku, Kathy Rennie, Susan O’Sullivan, Susan Teague and Deborah Ward have in common?Probably the standard by which students at this university will pick their classes this semester. That’s right. These professors are the hottest female professors at the Hall with at least 25 rankings, according to And now that it’s that time again, the last time for seniors to type in that PIN number and register, it’s time to examine this practice of picking the hottest professors, as opposed to the best professor.Read more

09/11/2006 At a time when beauty is important and affects the lifestyle of each and everyone of us, it turns out everyone is concerned with how they look. A subject tackled by the series "Nip/Tuck," we all have our insecurities and these two dashing surgeons Sean and McNamara are here to grant us our aesthetic wishes.
Pushing the envelope further, pet owners also have an ideal perception of how their canines should look like. Dog liposuction is costly. It's like buying an airline ticket for your dog when you take him with you to trips. This vanity of all vanities are still pursued by those who could afford it.
It may sound outrageous, but dogs in California are getting wrinkle removal. It is like their owner's concern on their faces are rubbing off on these barking hounds. But do not expect this trend to go trickling down to the other states aside from the City of Angels.
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03/11/2006 Adverts that use thin models can make you reach for the biscuit tin.Young women obsessed with their own body image eat more food after looking at magazine adverts that feature the 'ideal' thin body, research shows. But those with a healthier body image, who you might expect to be less influenced by the adverts, eat less. The Australian study shows that advertising affects eating behaviour, just not necessarily the way we think. The researchers publish their study in the November issue of the journal Eating Behaviors.Fiona Monro, a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, tries to explain the results. "We would expect people who value the way they look would be reminded by viewing the image and not eat," she says. Read more

01/11/2006 In contrast to face-to-face relationships physical attraction is not a factor in computer mediated relationships. This can be a positve thing when developing a romantic relationship. "Unlike face-to-face relating, the importance of physical attractiveness in CMR, as a relationship determinant, is minimized by the ability to know someone through intense mutual self-disclosure and intimate sharing of private worldviews" Read more

28/10/2006 The study, published in the latest issue of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, used three-dimensional imaging and morphing software to remove wrinkles and furrows from pictures of women, leaving skin tone as the only variable. Researchers were then able to determine exactly what impact facial skin tone has on how young, healthy and attractive people perceive the women to be. A new study is revealing that wrinkles aren’t the only cue the human eye looks for to evaluate age. Facial skin color distribution, or tone, can add 10-12 years to a woman's perceived age. Read more

04/10/2006 Surveys find that most teenagers are unhappy with the way they look.Why do teenagers feel that way? Why are teens unhappy with the way they look? Because from the time they're born until their teen years, teenagers have been taught that there is a norm; there is a guideline to compare oneself to, when, realistically, there's not. In my eyes, "normal" doesn't exist because nowhere in the world today are there two individuals who look the same, talk the same, feel the same or act the same. Contrast and "abnormality" make up real life, and until we accept that, no teen is going to be happy with her looks because she'll never realize that it's normal to be different. Read more

02/10/2006 Checking Facebook profiles or MySpace accounts, pondering what to wear to class or stacking resumes may sound routine for many college students. But one University professor thinks it’s a sign that students today are different than their predecessors. College students today are more narcissistic than any previously studied generation according to trends W. Keith Campbell, a University psychology professor, has observed in his ongoing study on narcissism among young adults. Read more

25/09/2006 Look at the people around you until you find someone attractive. Try to describe the physical characteristics that make their face so attractive. Stuck for words? British scientists now have the answers.Everyone agrees on whether a face is attractive; men and women agree, people from different cultures agree, newborn babies and sometimes even other species agree. How symmetrical a face is determines the degree of attraction. But detecting symmetry and preferring symmetry require two different mechanisms in the brain, according to a report published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society. Read more

Bron De standaard 23092006 Reuters17/09/2006 Are unattractive people better in bed?I can’t lay claim to the theory, however, the more I think about it, the more I have to agree… ugly people are great screws. Now I know it’s rather superficial to be labeling people ugly. I can already hear the complaints and ‘there’s more to a person than just their looks’ type rhetoric. Now before you decide to start ranting, put away the soapbox and take it all with a grain of salt. As my mother once said, “we’re all beautiful in our own special way.” So don’t take offense, just wallow in the inner beauty and know that whilst you may not be visually appealing, with the lights off you’re a damn good shag. I can’t exactly say that I’ve been bless with a healthy dose from the attractive gene pool. So I’ll happily bear the insult as much as anyone else.Read more

05/09/2006 Beautiful people are more aggressive ? Are beautiful people more intelligent than the rest of us? Satoshi Kanazawa and Jody Kovar think so. In a 17-page study called Why Beautiful People Are More Intelligent, they explain bluntly: "Individuals perceive physically attractive others to be more intelligent than physically unattractive others.Read more

04/09/2006 Girls as young as five are sensitive about their bodies in a “weight-hostile” environment that equates popularity and attractiveness with thinness, an international conference of experts heard on Monday. And the problems continue through to adult life, where overweight women are at increased risk of depression, the 10th International Congress on Obesity was told. Read more

01/09/2006 Money more important than looks in a man Jennifer Hill LONDON (Reuters) - Women regard healthy finances as more important than good looks in a man, according to a survey on Friday.Almost half (45 percent) said a healthy bank balance is more significant than physical attractiveness in a potential partner, according to National Savings & Investments' (NS&I) latest quarterly savings survey. Just 22 percent of men, however, rate finances above looks in women. A salary of almost 50,000 pounds a year is demonstrative of male financial success, according to women.Men need to earn at least 49,247 pounds a year before women consider them successful and wealthy, the study found. And more than one in 10 women would only consider a partner to be successful if they are earning 100,000 pounds or more. Read more

01/09/2006 Green is beautiful Ashley Schwellenbach.Women invest cash and time in the ever-evolving beauty industry but is it worth it?Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but its origin is in the wallets of the millions of women spurring a billion-dollar industry that grows more demanding every day. Television commercials, magazines, billboards even your friendly local "healthcare provider" wield images of youthful women who've attained a level of physical perfection previously reserved for Aphrodite alone. And the source of this beauty is the latest and greatest cosmetic product or procedure, an item that, however effective, must be used in conjunction with an everyday beauty routine.For every commercial promoting the beauty industry, there's some horror tale of beauty gone awry: According to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, two laser clinics in San Luis Obispo closed after their owner was arrested on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license. Elsewhere, in San Jose, a woman recently died of an infection after her foot was cut during a pedicure. Read more

27/08/2006 As a parent with a young daughter, I'm becoming increasingly concerned that society's obsession with the perfect female body image is influencing too many, too young. When a 15-year-old British girl decided a few years ago to get breast implants for her 16th birthday, it made world headlines. The case served as a wake-up call for those who thought plastic surgery was the exclusive domain of wealthy older women and Hollywood tragics. But since then, evidence has come to light suggesting the case in Britain was not an isolated one - and alarm bells should be ringing closer to home. Read more

30/06/2006 (The Sunday Times) Beautiful people tend to have girls, say scientists. HOLLYWOOD’S most beautiful couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, are in the grip of evolutionary forces that made it almost inevitable that their child would be a girl. According to research, attractive parents are 26% more likely to have a daughter than a son as their first child. It is an inexorable process that has resulted in women becoming increasingly more attractive than men. This is because of differing “evolutionary strategies” that each sex has adopted to survive, claim researchers at the London School of Economics.Read more.

17/06/2006 Men assume sexual interest when they may be none. Turns out men don't have to be living on Mars and women on Venus for communication problems to muck up dealings between the sexes.Even when they're seated across a table from each other in a first-time, five-minute conversation, a man tends to sexualize a woman and incorrectly assume sexual interest on her part, new research finds."We initially got started on this research thinking if we could identify men who tended to over-sexualize women, we could then interview them [to learn why] and stop sexual harassment on the job and date rape," said lead researcher Maurice J. Levesque, an associate professor of psychology at Elon University, in North Carolina. Read more

02/06/2006 A generation under the tyranny of 'thin-is-good' Pressure on women to be thin and beautiful is greater than ever. At the heart of the problem is celebrity culture, says Sheena Hastings. LYNDA Taylor had a vivaciously attractive face and sparkling smile. She obviously cared about her appearance, so when she accumulated extra weight over the last few years, it would have hit hard. But some people are better at losing weight than others.
After Lynda's death, following a gastric bypass operation that was meant to reduce the size of her stomach and make her eat less, an inquest heard that she was a self-confessed chocaholic, who had tried both dieting and an anti-obesity drug. But the weight she lost always crept back on to her 5ft 1in frame.
Carrying 16 stone and a body mass index of 46 seriously depressed the 33-year-old mother-of-one, from Rotherham. Against husband Peter's advice, Lynda was referred to a surgeon who put her on the NHS waiting list for the operation.
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27/05/2006 Broken homes make unattractive girls. Divorce is ugly: A study suggests that girls from broken homes may groe up to be less attractive.
London: While appearances are usually genetically transmitted, a research published by the Royal Society suggests that a girl coming from an unhappy home may grow up to be a less attractive woman, even though she has inherited some of the best features of her parents.
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09/05/2006 Beauty and the beholder: Why pretty faces don't always help sales
Beautiful young models are used to sell everything from computer processors to motor oil. But is it really effective to use a pretty face to market something that has nothing to do with physical attractiveness? New research from the June issue of the Journal of Consumer Research argues that an attractive model can actually negatively influence product perception if the model is irrelevant to the quality of the product and the consumer had a very high interest in the product to being with.
"Whether people are persuaded by spokespeople in advertisements depends on their ability and motivation to think about the relation between the spokesperson and the advertised product," explains Paul M. Herr (University of Colorado). "When consumers are either unable or unwilling to consider the spokesperson's credibility, they rely on the spokesperson's attractiveness."
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30/04/2006 Now, a new study by a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher found that both men and women experience an increase in self-objectification after viewing sexually-objectifying material over time. "The relationship between the body and sex is unambiguously portrayed in contemporary media," said Jennifer Aubrey, assistant communication professor in the College of Arts and Science. "Conforming to a thin body is crucial to sexual attractiveness. We see this message in a variety of ways and in a variety of media, especially in popular magazines and television programs." Read more

25/04/2006 Recent studies investigating individuals’ perception of themselves as becoming better looking across time have found that we think we really do get more attractive each day. This research is revealed today in the European Journal of Social Psychology. Read more

15/04/2006 Do blondes have more fun? Maybe. We do know that white blondes soliciting door-to-door for charities can raise more money--70 percent more--than brunettes or non-white females. Read more

13/04/2006 Facing up to the ugly truth.If you’re lucky enough to be born with a pretty face, chances are, you’ll be more successful in life than your plainer sisters. Studies show good looking students get more attention and score higher marks from their teachers.Pretty hospital patients also receive more personalised care from their doctors and if you happen to be a handsome crook, chances are the jury and judge will be less harsh on you. Sounds unfair? You’re absolutely right. Read more

05/04/2006 LONDON (Reuters) - The old adage that women look for wealth in a man appears to be under threat after research on Wednesday showed women are starting to put physical attractiveness above solvency.The shift is occurring because women have been freed from the constraints that previously dictated how they chose a mate as they increasingly control their own finances, the study said.Read more

01/04/2006 The next time you see a child wandering lost and alone in the grocery store, sneak a peek at the parents.There's a good chance they're ugly, suggests new research from the University of Alberta. "Unattractive parents are less likely than attractive parents to supervise their children closely," said Andrew Harrell, the same social scientist who started a media storm last year when he presented evidence that showed that parents neglect unattractive children more than attractive ones. He argued that evolution was at play: Since pretty children have the best genes, parents will pay them the most attention to ensure their strong genetic material carries on. Now, he's on to new findings on parental ugliness. Read more

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17/02/2006 The ugly face of crime. Not only are physically unattractive teenagers likely to be stay-at-homes on prom night, they're also more likely to grow up to be criminals, say two economists who tracked the life course of young people from high school through early adulthood. "We find that unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to average-looking ones, and very attractive individuals commit less crime in comparison to those who are average-looking," claim Naci Mocan of the University of Colorado and Erdal Tekin of Georgia State University. Read more

11/02/2006 Teens & Self Image. From designer jeans to plastic surgery, young people today are going to extremes to fit in. They're sacrificing their health and draining their wallets. "If you're too fat, then people will turn you down as a friend," says one 8th grader. Another adds "no one wants to be friends with an ugly person because it will rub off on them." Psychologists say young people are becoming obsessed with their self-image at a younger age. One study showed almost half of 10 year old girls polled had been on a diet, and felt they were already overweight. San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Wendell Smoot, who has been in practice since 1979, says he's had girls come in for breast implants as young as 14 and 15 years old. He turns them away, and refuses to operate until they are at least 18. Young people are also turning to high-fashion at a younger age, spending hundreds of dollars on brnad-names, such as Louis Vuitton and Seven Jeans.The ramifications of this trend can be devastating. Psychologists say young people are becoming depressed, stressed out, some even develop severe eating disorders or attempt suicide. Parents should be taling to their kids, reenforcing a positive self-image, and making sure they lead by example. Parents should not criticize their child's appearance, or their own. (Source :

10/02/2006 In between the fluorescent blurbs “Love Your Hair!” and “Sex & Men Special: Pro Tips You Deserve to Know and Other Hot Tips,” the February issue of Marie Claire magazine slips in a more provocative caption: “Why America Hates Fat Women.”The magazine devotes several pages to the prejudice Americans hold against obese females, comparing it to racism, sexism and homophobia. And who graces Marie Claire‘s glossy pink cover? Sensual and slim Penelope Cruz. The United States is fanatically obsessed with body image. Television feeds this nauseating addiction with shows from Fat Actress and The Biggest Loser to America’s Next Top Model, Nip Tuck and Dr. 90210. Wander into any bookstore and you can peruse all sorts of titles about losing weight or achieving celebrity glamour. According to the Skincare Foundation, the United States is home to more than 18,000 tanning salons, with more than one million people frying in them daily. Read more

06/02/2006 Last week, much agonizing went on over the declining interest in Miss America. Should they ditch the swimsuits? Jettison the talent show? Get off the platforms?According to the latest in scientific research, none of it is necessary for picking who's the fairest in the land. A study released last month out of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale showed that it takes about a hundredth of a second to assess the attractiveness of a human face.We have speed dating. Now we can have speed pageants.Ingrid Olson, the Penn psychologist who co-authored this study, said she set up the experiment by flashing a series of faces on a screen - pretty and ugly, male and female.Read more

04/02/2006 Women Suffer from Obsession with Weight Some girls strive for the “Perfect” body and judge themselves by their Some girls strive for the “Perfect” body and judge themselves by their looks, appearance, and above all thinness.looks, appearance, and above all thinness.
Being a teenager is a time of major change. Besides the obvious changes in size and shape, teenagers are faced with how they feel about themselves. Listen to their conversation, the talk centers around dieting and how many pounds can be lost with the latest diet. They think about aspects of physical appearance, attractiveness and beauty.
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Some girls are overly concerned about weight and body shape. They strive for the "perfect" body and judge themselves by their looks, appearance, and above all thinness. But boys don’t escape either. They are concerned with the size and strength of their body. There has been a shift in the male body image.
Psychotherapists believe that most of teenagers’ beliefs about what they should look like come from the media, their parents and their peers.

01/02/2006 In a recent global study conducted among women, nine in 10 Arab females revealed they are unhappy with their physical attributes. A further 65% of those questioned admitted to avoiding activities due to feeling self-conscious about their appearance. In a bold and creative move, Unilever Arabia has announced its plans to launch the Campaign for Real Beauty in the Middle East during February 2006. Read more

29/01/2005 Low-income women prefer money, looks in short-term mates Shannon Burke In mate preference research, some findings have shown that men place a high level of importance on the physical attractiveness of a long-term mate, whereas women have indicated that they were willing to trade a mate's attractiveness for his status and resources. Now, a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher is exploring whether a woman's socioeconomic status and other factors, such as education, play a role in the trade-offs they make when choosing potential mates.Read more

25/01/2005 College students are taking control when it comes to the good, the bad and the ugly of their professors. Thanks to Web sites such as Rate My Professor and Pick-A-Prof, students are using computers, complaints and compliments to rate their professors. Read more

25/01/2006 Charles University researcher pulls good science out of odoriferous armpit study Jacy Meyer for The Prague Post. Dr. Jan Havlícek has either one of the best or worst jobs in the world. The Charles University anthropologist has developed a research specialty in women's body odors — a subject about which, despite the plethora of perfumes and deodorants, surprisingly little is known. Havlícek's latest study, for example, found that contrary to accepted belief, a woman's odor changes perceptibly during her monthly cycle. "In species like chimps and baboons, ovulation is advertised, while in humans it was believed to be concealed," he says. "This study found that it's not concealed. It's not apparent, but it is perceivable." Read more

19/01/2006 First impressions explain beauties' success. People can pick a pretty face in just a fraction of a second and attractive faces are generally associated with positive traits, which may explain why beautiful people prosper according to US scientists. The researchers found that beauty bias has a significant unconscious influence and urged that people should be aware of this when dealing with others. "Attractive people are paid more, are judged more intelligent and will receive more attention in most facets of life," said Ingrid Olson from the University of Pennsylvania, who authored a new report on the subject. Read more

15/01/2006 Tell me something I don’t know. Please. I don’t need a survey to tell me that one in 10 young people would drop out of school for the chance of being on a reality TV programme. When we were 13, we would probably all have jumped at the opportunity. That businesses prefer Scots accents to those from Liverpool or Birmingham is no great surprise. And sadly, I suspected that some women were more worried about the state of their thighs than anything else. But I didn’t know how bad it was. According to a recent survey, 19 out of 20 would rather be slim than have a higher IQ. Why is it more important to have a flat stomach than to be clever? I don’t value one over the other but I’m sick of this poisonous obsession with appearance over everything else. Read more

10/01/2006 Women who feel the urge to cheat on their mates a few weeks before "that time of the month" can point to evolution as the reason for their desire, according to a new study.The study, conducted by researchers from UCLA and the University of New Mexico, found women are more inclined to cheat on their mates with more sexually attractive males during the middle of ovulation, when they are most fertile. Read more

12/12/2005 It's a fact: Good-looking people get the breaks when it comes to the workplace.We at Workbytes naively thought that shining in the workplace meant showcasing your skills and flexing your brain — not flaunting a body fit for the runway at New York's Fashion Week or brandishing toned biceps. We were wrong. Past studies have shown that being good looking will get you ahead in your career and boost your income. New research considered the impact of what you wear to work on your professional status.Read more

29/11/2005 Feeling fat can be 'in the mind' UK scientists have identified the part of the brain that determines whether a person perceives themselves as fat.
The area is called the posterior parietal cortex which sits at the side of the head, just above the ear.
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11/11/2005 Study: 21% of women feel unattractive Thu 10 Nov 2005 03:15 PM CST PENNSYLVANIA (myDNA News) Penn State researchers, who analyzed the responses of midlife women, ages 35 to 55, to a survey on body image, have concluded that the emphasis in U.S. culture on being young and thin has a more important influence than menopause on sexual functioning and satisfaction. Read more

03/11/2005 Feminine Beauty Linked to Estrogen Levels Ron Gara| Although researchers found a link between attractiveness and estrogen levels in women, no relationship was found in women wearing cosmetics. Make-up may mask cues normally seen in the face, they believe. A woman's physical appeal is linked to her hormone levels, scientists have found. Women with higher levels of the female sex hormone estrogen have more attractive-looking faces, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. The new findings could explain the underlying reason why men prefer women with feminine faces. It is the first study to demonstrate that a woman's facial appearance is linked to her underlying health, because estrogen is the hormone that affects reproductive health and fertility. These effects on appearance are likely to depend on the action of estrogen throughout puberty. Psychologist Miriam Law Smith and colleagues of the University of St. Andrews photographed the faces of 59 women between 18 and 25 years of age and analyzed their sex hormone levels. Women with higher levels of estrogen were rated as more attractive, healthy and feminine looking than those with lower levels. Interestingly, no relationship between appearance and estrogen was found in women wearing make-up. Researchers believe that while make-up improves facial appearance, it may be masking cues normally seen in the face. 3Women are effectively advertising their general fertility with their faces," says Law Smith. "Our findings could explain why men universally seem to prefer feminine women's faces. In evolutionary terms, it makes sense for men to favor feminine, fertile women," she adds. "Those that did would have had more babies."

22/10/2005 WHEN JAPANESE women ask themselves, "Mirror, mirror upon the wall, who is the fairest of all?" they don't seem to rate themselves very highly. In fact, their perception of their outward beauty is much lower when compared with their counterparts in other countries, recent surveys show. A telephone survey by global beauty products company Unilever in May this year covered 2,100 women aged 15 through 45 in 10 Asian countries and regions, including Thailand, China, Japan and the Philippines. It showed that Japanese women had the lowest evaluation of their beauty. Read more

17/10/2005 Say you're a man in search of that special lady to spend time with. What, exactly do you look for?I can already hear the women out there amending the question: It's not a matter of what he's looking FOR, it's what he's looking AT. I know, guys. I know. We men have long had to put up with hurtful suggestions that we choose our mates by using our eyeballs and other body parts that aren't our brains. They say we judge women by what's outside, not what's inside.Well, now comes some good news for my beleaguered brothers: Women do the same thing, only with different criteria. Read more

28/09/2005 America's plastic surgery craze mocks society's values By aia Veenis, Journalism Senior and Senior Opinion Columnist Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2005
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but these days the only beholder that matters is Hollywood. When people turn on their TV sets, they're inundated with best-dressed lists and makeover shows. Judging by these shows alone, viewers are led to believe no virtue is greater than a perfect body.Recently, a lawsuit against ABC Television has put a $1 million price tag on this distorted idea of beauty. Deleese Williams, 30, is suing the network after it cancelled her appearance on the plastic surgery show "Extreme Makeover," according to The Associated Press.
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21/09/2005 Need to be an Ash to get a job? Vibhuti Agarwal New Delhi, September 19, 2005 It’s a truth nobody will admit to. But good looks are a definite plus in the job market.A first good impression is decisive; beautiful people benefit from their appearance. Most of us are trapped by the false conclusion:what is beautiful is also good. But how much do looks matter at work? Do attractive people get better treatment than others? PR guru Dilip Cherian insists that it is the appear-ance of confidence that is attractive, not the presence of physical beauty.Read more

18/09/2005 Does evolution explain the dating game? Researchers say psychological adaptations have ensured certain traits always sell well in the 'mating market.' What the researchers discovered was that men and women chose their dates on the basis of "generally agreed upon mate values," the mating market hypothesis. Also, both sexes relied mainly on physical attractiveness, largely disregarding factors such as income and social status.Read more

29/08/2005 What the researchers discovered was that men and women chose their dates on the basis of "generally agreed upon mate values," the mating market hypothesis. Another finding: Both sexes relied mainly on physical attractiveness, largely disregarding factors such as income and social status. Read more

17/08/2005 Who wants them bigger? By Daily News Wire Services A survey of 50,000 American adults finds 70 percent of female respondents desiring more ample or rounder breasts - even though the majority of male respondents say they are perfectly happy with their partner's breast size. Read more

09/08/2005 We've all had those bad days when only a family bar of Dairy Milk will do, but this week worrying new figures show that comfort eating is on the rise again amongst teens and young women ... and increasingly, as Catrin Lois Griffiths reports, it's all tied in with their love lives.Ever finished off a tub of ice cream after a disastrous date or polished off a cheeseburger meal or three because everyone else seems to have a better love life than you? Well, you're not alone. According to new research, a third of young people in Britain comfort eat when they are unhappy with their love lives. This information comes after The Priory Group, which treats people with eating disorders, questioned 1,000 people and found that people aged between 15-24 years had the worst relationship with food. Read more

29/07/2005 NEW YORK, July 28 /2005 PRNewswire/ -- While many equate looks, athleticism, wealth, and graduating from the "right" school as key components of attraction, the Tanqueray Social Magnetism Study released today found that having a sense of humor, the ability to fit into many different social groups, and wit are the top three attributes of social magnetism. Conducted by Professor John Czepiel ["CHEP-yell"] of New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, the survey of more than 1,000 men and women ages 21+ also revealed intelligence and having a "refreshing sharp perspective" were key to being a social magnet. Read more

25/07/2005 An author and speaker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship says women do not have to buy the lie that their bodies must be perfect to be acceptable. In her new book, Wanting to Be Her: Body Image Secrets Victoria Won't Tell You (InterVarsity Press), Michelle Graham explores the body image problem that she says affects nearly every woman, including her. The book is Graham's effort to expose the ongoing barrage of deceitful messages about women's bodies that come from the media and contemporary culture -- messages that can result in women and girls developing a negative perception of their physical appearance or becoming obsessed with their "imperfections" as defined by the magazine "cover girls" and TV "supermodels" so often paraded before them. Read more

30/06/2005 ONLINE dating is one of the most popular paid services on the Internet. Recently, three economists - Günter J. Hitsch, Ali Hortaçsu (both from the University of Chicago) and Dan Ariely (from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) - examined the experiences of a sample of users of a major online dating service and subjected it to empirical scrutiny. A 2003 report by comScore Networks stated that 40 million Americans had visited an online dating site, and JupiterResearch reported early this year that industry revenue will reach $516 million in 2005. What are people looking for? The most important variable, for both men and women, is looks. Furthermore, posting a photo is a big help: women who post photos receive about twice as many e-mail messages as those who do not, even when they report that they have "average looks." Read more

28/06/2005 It takes more than hard work to earn good wages. Kristina Greene puts some questions to Professor Daniel Hamermesh about how physical attractiveness affects earnings. University Of Texas economics professor Daniel Hamermesh rates himself "middle range" on the beauty scale, but there is a price for being ugly. Why is beauty a factor in earnings? For some reason we are almost biologically programmed to prefer better-looking people – in ancient times those people were viewed as likely partners for reproduction. Symmetry of face indicated good health. Now, of course, this doesn't matter, but we still like to deal with good-looking people. I like looking at good-looking people. It's the same when I'm in an art gallery. Read more

25/06/2005 The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation announced this week results of a new study that showed patients have significant and sustained improvements in body image after surgery. The researchers found that patients were not only satisfied with their surgery, but experience a decrease in the frequency of negative body image emotions in specific social situations for as long as 12 months after surgery. The study was funded by a research grant from ASERF. Results of the study were published in the May/June issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ).Read more

19/06/2005 Does size really matter? Ask any women if she is happy with her body. "Of course the size of your body matters", a 28-year-old Port of Spain accountant said. "I'd kill to have a 24-inch waist 36-inch bust and a 38-inch hip and some more butt," she added without any hesitation. She has been in the gym for the last two years and is still not happy with the results. She wants to be thinner and younger. The body business-dieting, exercising, sculpting, surgery is a billion-dollar epidemic that has been sweeping the globe for the last 20 years. The body beautiful craze has made women more unhappy and unsatisfied with their bodies. So it's not rocket science that size does. Read more.

17/06/2005 Ponticelli: Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder “She’s gorgeous”… “You’re kidding, right?”….What a beautiful home!”..”I don’t think so”…What he said was downright “beautiful”…”Na, he was just trying to make an impression.” Everyone has their own opinion of what they think is beautiful (or not!). The saying “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” states that a person’s view of beauty is individualistic. What one person perceives as his/her standard of beauty may be challenged by another who disagrees and has their own opinion of what is beautiful. Bron Het Belang van Limburg & DoveRead more

05/06/2005 Some women turn to genital plastic surgery, seeking prettier look or better sex Read more(English)

05/06/2005 Miss Ugly wins £ 7000 of plastic surgery. Source : Archives The winner of China`s Miss Ugly competition has beaten 50 rivals to clinch £7,000 worth of cosmetic surgery. Zhang Di, 26, won on the basis that her appearance would most benefit from plastic surgery. "My small eyes, flat nose and poor skin have been such a burden to me," she said. The manager of the plastic surgery centre that will treat her promised to make her "a totally different girl" within a matter of two weeks. More than 100 of the world`s most beautiful women are in China for the finals of the Miss World contest on December 6th on Hainan Island. Plastic surgery has become more popular in China in recent years.

03/06/2005 Research News Study: Unattractive Children Get Less Parental Attention News & Notes with Ed Gordon, June 3, 2005 · According to a recent study, unattractive children receive less attention from their parents than "traditionally attractive" kids. Farai Chideya speaks with the author of the study, Andrew Harrell, executive director of the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta, Canada. Listen to the interview

27/05/2005 FRIDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of 50,000 American adults finds 70 percent of female respondents desiring more ample or rounder breasts -- even though the majority of male respondents say they are perfectly happy with their partner's breast size.Men have their own insecurities: The same survey finds nearly half of American males wishing for a larger penis. At the same time, however, 85 percent of females say they are "very satisfied" with their partner's endowment. Read more

20/05/2005 I picked up my copy of Aesthetic Surgery magazine at the bookstore last night. Not, I hasten to add, because I'm thinking of having some work done, however necessary some people might feel that is. No, I bought it by mistake, thinking that it was the latest issue of Alien Monthly. I was fooled by the model on the cover, a weird creature from the planet Plastik, with eyebrows like Spock's from Star Trek, ears that appeared to have been nibbled by Mike Tyson, and a nose that had obviously been built by a poorly trained team of alien disguise experts. When I got the magazine home, and started reading it, I was amazed. There's actually a magazine about cosmetic surgery? The cover lines were a clue to the content. Read more

11/05/2005 he Double Standard of Aging by Susan Sontag “How old are you?” The person asking the question is anybody. The respondent is a woman, a woman “of a certain age,” as the French say discreetly. That age might be anywhere from her early twenties to her late fifties. If the question is impersonal-routine information requested when she applies for a driver’s license, a credit card, a passport-she will probably force herself to answer truthfully. Filling out a marriage license application, if her future husband is even slightly her junior, she may long to subtract a few years; probably she won’t. Competing for a job, her chances often partly depend on being the “right age,” and if hers isn’t right, she will lie if she think she can get away with it. Making her first visit to a new doctor, perhaps feeling particularly vulnerable at the moment she’s asked, she will probably hurry through the correct answer. But if the question is only what people call personal-if she’s asked by a new friend, a casual acquaintance, a neighbor’s child, a co-worker in an office, store, factory-her response is harder to predict. She may side-step the question with a joke or refuse it with playful indignation. “Don’t you know you’re not supposed to ask a woman her age?” Or, hesitating a moment, embarrassed but defiant, she may tell the truth. Or she may lie. But neither truth, evasion, nor lie relieves the unpleasantness of that question. For a woman to be obliged to state her age, after a “certain age,” is always a miniature ordeal. Read more

18/04/2005 An American survey has provided alarming evidence that employers are resorting to appearance discrimination in recruiting for jobs and giving promotions. The survey, conducted by the Employment Law Alliance, the world's largest network of employment lawyers, found that 'lookism' was subjecting those workers considered overweight, unattractive or unconventional in appearance to discrimination.According to the research, 33 per cent of American workers believe that those who are more physically attractive are more likely to get promoted, and 16 per cent say they have suffered this kind of discrimination because of the way they look.Read more

13/04/2005 The aristocracy of the beautiful is becoming increasingly pronounced in the Western world, with looks and figure trumping talent and effort in the professional marketplace. Even in such serious professions as broadcast journalism, appearance has become more important than substance. Just try to find a new female TV anchor who doesn't look like a Nordic goddess, or if she has to be a brunette, isn't glamorous, thin and beautiful. The practice of valuing a woman based on her high cheekbones instead of her intelligence reached its zenith when CNN advertised its new anchor, Paula Zahn as, "just a little bit sexy." Why shouldn't reading the news be like playing sports? Shouldn't it be the best qualified, instead of the best looking? But newswomen are not primarily valued for their minds and the intellectual contributions they can make, but for the images they project. Read more

13/04/2005 The major eating disorders of bulimia, anorexia and binge eating are usually associated with white women of the upper and middle classes. However, recent studies conducted by the University of Alabama show that all women, including minorities, are at risk of these eating disorders. Researchers at the University of Missouri in Columbia previously studied Black and Latino cultures and found that they were generally attracted to more voluptuous figures. But now that more cases of eating disorders are showing up, Western values of thinness may have crossed over to minority groups showing more minorities concerned with dieting and losing weight. Read more

07/04/2005 Mentor Corporation (NYSE:MNT), a leading supplier of medical products in the United States and internationally, today released results of a national online survey of breast augmentation surgery patients and women considering the surgery that revealed new insights about who is choosing breast implants and why they are choosing them.
In the 2005 survey, almost 90 percent of women surveyed agreed with the statement that "breast augmentation is a personal choice that helps women to achieve the confidence and well-being to flourish in other areas of their lives." Research has shown that satisfaction with one's own body image can be linked to improvements in confidence, health and well-being .
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30/03/2005 Day, Berry & Howard, LLP, a leading Northeast law firm, today announced the latest national survey by the Employment Law Alliance (ELA). The survey reveals a nation deeply divided over regulating appearance - from weight to clothing, hairstyles to body piercing -- in the U.S. workplace. As the debate intensifies, more than half of those surveyed said their employers had no policy addressing employee personal appearance. 33% said workers who are unattractive, overweight, or generally look or dress unconventionally, should be given special government legal protection such as that given persons with disabilities.
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30/03/2005 To wit: good-looking children are six times more likely to be buckled into shopping cart seats than kids who are, well, not as pleasant to behold. After all, Harrell's decision to test whether the attractiveness of a child might influence parental vigilance was no idle whim. He's well acquainted with a body of research that shows the impulse to judge others on the basis of physical appearance begins shortly after birth -- and suggests even parents can fall prey to the scourge of lookism when dealing with their own children. Read more

26/03/2005 Can plunging necklines and tight skirts hamper a career?You bet they can, management experts say. "Dress influences the image that people create about you and how they fill in the blanks," said David A. Thomas, the H. Naylor Fitzhugh professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. When psychologist Diane Hatfield looked at the power of physical beauty, she found that others tend to project positive attributes onto highly attractive people. So, for example, the physically attractive are seen as interesting, good, vibrant and poised. But sometimes being attractive can backfire.Read more

25/03/2005 Norsigian devoted a significant amount of time discussing the effects of falsely marketed drugs toward women."Right now we are facing a number of drugs that are being marketed misleadingly," she said. "The risks we assume are there may not be there." Read more

23/03/2005 Campaign from DAD. In promoting the appointment of Dina Powell as one of the State Department’s senior officials, White chief of staff Andrew Card and budget director Joshua Bolton focused on her physical appearance before listing her actual qualifications. These comments about Dina Powell from Senior Administration officials are not “attractive” or right.Read more

23/03/2005 A male face is altered to bear a resemblance to a female participant.Students shown pictures of people with similar facial features said they looked trustworthy but unattractive, a study has found. Research at Aberdeen University involved 144 students being shown a series of paired faces. One of the images was altered to look like them, while the other resembled another person. Dr Lisa DeBruine, who conducted the research, said people trust kin but avoid them in a sexual setting. Read more

20/03/2005 It's not just girls who worry about their bodies. Social scientists say boys are under increasing pressure to be big and muscular, just like their real-life role models. And they are everywhere – filling up magazines, TV and movie screens, football fields, baseball parks, music videos. Read more

15/03/2005 ( an online community for high school students, is promoting the first of its kind online competition for students to win a college scholarship of up to $20,000 just for being hot. Students submit their photos to judge and be judged by their peers in the hopes of being voted the Hottest High Schooler in America. High School teens may also interact with other students across the nation, win daily and monthly give-a-ways, build relationships and help support charitable organizations. Read more (English)

14/03/2005 Women prefer men with deep voices, research from Northumbria University has discovered. Read more (English)


08/03/2005 This bank says what they really want : you must be attractive to get a job ! For the bank's latest contest, the main qualifications are talent, physical attractiveness and communication skills, according to Daranee Tanchaiswasd, a KBANK .Read more (English)

06/03/2005 The basic reasons why men find certain women more attractive than others, are just as enigmatic as before. But today, the scope of what a man looks at in a woman has expanded considerably, finds Priya Pathiyan . The male gaze is sometimes appreciative, often critical and always all pervasive. Read more (English)

02/03/2005 Everyone will tell you that snap judgments are made in the first few seconds of a job interview, which is why you should do everything you can to make a positive first impression. Then use the next 30 minutes, and even the days and weeks following, to build on that.Good grooming, professional clothing and a friendly, upbeat attitude are necessities. If you have trouble with any of these, ask an astute friend for some honest feedback. If weight is an issue, getting a good job should give you yet another reason to get in shape on top of the obvious advantage of improving your health. As someone who only recently started attending a step class, I can tell you that the world looks a little brighter when your glutes get a little tighter.Read more (English)

24/02/2005 MADISON, Wis., April 15 (AScribe Newswire) -- There is more to beauty than meets the stranger's eye, according to results from three studies examining the influence of non-physical traits on people's perception of physical attractiveness. The results, which show that people perceive physical appeal differently when they look at those they know versus strangers, are published in the recently released March issue of Evolution and Human Behavior. Read more(English)

20/02/2005 AS FAR as men are concerned, women seeking jobs in the media are judged equally on their "ability, personality and availability" and have nothing to complain about. But a new survey on the battle of the sexes tells a different story, revealing that women suffer from patronising, sexist behaviour by men and a "generally negative" attitude towards women. While men believe that young, attractive women get the upper hand when it comes to onscreen roles, it is men who continue to dominate senior positions, and women’s job prospects suffer as they get older. Read more (English)

19/02/2005 There are more than 220 derogatory terms for sexually promiscuous women while there are only 22 for sexually promiscuous men.This type of sexual discrimination is detrimental to a female’s psyche and society in general. Shows such as “Sex and the City” suggest that sex addicts are models for single women and that physical attractiveness and sexuality should be used to a female’s advantage. Read more (English)

11/02/2005 Feb. 11, 2005 - Looking for love may take much less time than most people think. A new study suggests that people can assess a potential mate in moments rather than months. Researchers surveyed participants of a speed dating service and found that the men and women made their dating decisions based primarily on visible physical attributes, like height, weight, and attractiveness and placed relatively little importance on other factors. Read more(English)

24/01/2004 In Praise of Plastic Surgery Critics of cosmetic enhancement need an extreme makeover By Simon Smith Bron : Read more (English)

15/01/2005 A 96-year-old grandmother from London is turning heads in Britain these days, creating a buzz by modeling in an unusual international advertising campaign. As a new "face" for Dove soap, Irene Sinclair hopes to spread the message that beauty takes many forms and knows no age limits.
Ms. Sinclair, who has never modeled before, wears her wrinkles proudly. Her only concession to makeup is lip gloss. The ad, which appears on billboards, in Tube stations in London, and in coffee shops, poses an intriguing question: "Will society ever accept that old can be beautiful?" Alongside Sinclair are the words "Wrinkled?" and "Wonderful?" - encouraging passersby to decide for themselves.
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05/01/2005 Sparked by the results of the global study, Dove launched a major initiative designed to provoke discussion and encourage debate about the nature of beauty. The Campaign for Real Beauty asks women to give serious thought to a host of issues surrounding beauty, such as society's definition of it, the quest for "perfection," the difference between beauty and physical attractiveness, and the way the media shapes our perceptions of beauty. Read more

05/01/2005 Dove campaign for real beauty ! Read here the full Dove report in acrobat reader pdf.

05/01/2005 More teenage girls than ever before are feeling so pressured about their bodies they are turning to the Samaritans, it was revealed today.The news comes as a national survey of 2,000 girls, with an average age of 14, reveals increasing pressure to live up to the perfect body images of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears.The survey, produced by a national teenage girl's magazine, stated only eight per cent of girls in the country were happy with thChina's first Miss Artificial beautyeir figure Read more

22/12/2004 People measure male attractiveness based on size rather than weight. Now there's a new way to measure how attractive he is.He may be tall and dark, but researchers in China suggest you check his height and volume to find out if he's handsome as well. Their study hints that body size matters more than weight when it comes to love at first sight. Read more

22/12/2004 Body Image Disorder in Adolescent Males: Strategies for School Counselors
In recent decades, men have been bombarded with images in society that depict the "ideal" male: strong, muscular, lean, with perfect features. What many adolescents do not realize is that most of the male bodies that they idealize can be acquired only with the use of anabolic steroids. Thus, many adolescent boys find themselves pursuing a body type that is impossible to obtain. By the time these boys reach adulthood, many have developed an eating disorder, such as bulimia, or an image disorder, such as muscle dysmorphia. In this article, the authors describe body image disorders in adolescent males and offer intervention strategies for school counselors.
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18/12/2004 Feng says the surgery has changed her 'whole life' A 22-year-old student has been crowned China's first ever Miss Artificial Beauty at a pageant exclusively for women who have had plastic surgery. Feng Qian received gifts worth 50,000 Yuan ($6,000) after beating 19 other finalists aged 17 to 62 in Beijing.To prevent cheating, all contestants - who included one transsexual - had to provide a doctor's certificate to prove that they had indeed had surgery.China's fast-growing cosmetic surgery is now worth $2.4bn a year.Read more (English)


10/12/2004The New York Daily News reports that Jennifer Krum, a 25-year old arm amputee from Pennsylvania, is to strip off for Playboy.Krum, who lost her forearm in a car accident at the age of 5, came to Hugh Heffner's attention after being crowned Miss Amputee 2004 by shock-jock Howard Stern. Read more

06/12/2004 In the survival of the prettiest, research suggests the rewards of a beautiful face include higher grades, better jobs and now, even longer lives.Results published in the scientific journal Evolution and Human Behavior found attractive men outlast their unsightly counterparts on average by seven years, and attractive women live an average three years longer than their counterparts.Read more

29/11/2004 Most eating disorder sufferers are led to believe that in spite of the positive statistics indicating the high level of physical recovery, they will never truly be mentally relieved from their illness and consequently resign themselves to a lifetime of mental struggle. Contrary to this widely-held belief, there is a future for these ex-sufferers which does not necessitate an enduring preoccupation (however marginal) with food, weight and body image. The media, government and even the fields of psychological and scientific research are adept at describing the far-reaching effects of eating disorders, and are even positive in their presentation of the prospects of recovery and the futures which lie ahead for the recovered. But all seem to fall short of offering alternative viewpoints able to challenge the social preconditions which contribute to the disorders in the first place. Read more.

10/10/2004 New York Daily News - What your voice sex,er, says about you Sunday, October 10th, 2004 Read more

04/10/2004 Is Plastic Surgery a Teen Thing?For some teens, plastic surgery can be a godsend. But it has to be for the right reasons.Read more


29/09/2004 Only Two Percent of Women Describe Themselves as Beautiful New Global Study Uncovers Desire for Broader Definition of Beauty Read more

24/09/2004 Mirror, mirror: Fostering a positive body image in your child By Heather Panahi/ Development Read more

10/09/2004 What is beauty anyway? A speech by D. A. Clarke given at the 1983 Myth California protest against Miss California. Beauty as we see it enshrined here is an illusion, and it’s a big effort and a big business to keep it up. The shell of the perfect woman is stressful and expensive to maintain; the contest is to see who does it best. I’m here to say a few things about beauty. One thing I have to say is that talking about beauty leads you to talking about women. At one time the word ‘beauty’ was used to mean ‘women,’ and even today most of us apply the word ‘beautiful’ to women (and scenery) rather than to men. Read more

10/09/2004 The breast ! What is emerging is the familiar pattern of woman’s body as a commodity in the male economy. Men can and do buy the nudity of women; the nakedness and the body of woman can be bought and rented. Pictures of her can be bought also-but always money must change hands, from one man to the next. And to protect the trade, what can be bought and is bought must never be given away, nor (Heaven forbid) controlled by the property itself: the woman. It is a blazing hot day in August, still and dusty, asphalt starting to melt in the streets…As you walk down to the Mall or along the beach, as you toil up a forest path or weed your yard, shirt plastered to your back with sweat, you see men pass by in shorts-just shorts. Now and then you think, in transitory anger, “But it isn’t fair!” Now and then you long whole-heartedly to shed your wet shirt and be comfortable too. But-save in very special, private and safe places-mostly, you don’t. Read more

06/09/2004 Newborn babies prefer to look at attractive faces, says a UK researcher, suggesting that face recognition is hardwired at birth, rather than learned.Alan Slater and his colleagues at the University of Exeter showed paired images of faces to babies as young a one day old and found that they spent more time fixated on the more attractive face.“Attractiveness is not in the eye of the beholder, it’s innate to a newborn infant,” says Slater. Read More

06/01/2004 Body Image An International Journal of Research Free Sample Copy First issue now published and FREE online on ScienceDirect Receive Alerts and Tables of Contents for future issues register today To submit your article online, visit Author Gateway Description :Body Image is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality, scientific articles on body image and human physical appearance. Body Image is a multi-faceted concept that refers to persons' perceptions and attitudes about their own body, particularly but not exclusively its appearance. The journal invites contributions from a broad range of disciplines-psychological science, other social and behavioral sciences, and medical and health sciences. The journal publishes original research articles, brief research reports, theoretical and review papers, and science-based practitioner reports of interest. Dissertation abstracts are also published online, and the journal gives an annual award for the best doctoral dissertation in this field.

26/11/2003 MONDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDayNews) -- As you tuck your daughter into bed tonight, you may want to think twice about what bedtime story to read to her.Classic fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel, are loaded with subtle -- and many not so subtle -- messages that beauty is inherently good and should be rewarded, while people who are ugly are evil, wicked and mean.These messages may have more of an effect on girls and their self-esteem than parents realize, new research contends. "Parents need to be aware that all literature is teaching children something, and we should be aware what those messages are," says study coauthor Liz Grauerholz, an associate professor of sociology at Purdue University. "You need to raise questions and have a dialogue with your children about the meaning of these fairy tales."
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20/08/2003 The Neysa Jane BDD Fund, Inc. has created a video and DVD, In the Eye of the Beholder,covering the topic of BDD. It runs roughly 22 minutes in length, and covers the basics of the disorder as well as treatment. It is a great way to teach people about this often difficult to explain disorder. For more information about price/availability, please contact Kathleen Powley of the Neysa Jane BDD Fund, Inc. at    More information : or

25/03/2003 Campaign of Beka is really shocking.




Kate Winslet (Titanic ster) wants more average women in media. On the frontpage of the magazine GQ she has been optimized by computer. HBvL 11/01/2003 Full story


In the middle of February 2002, Mieke Vogels of Agalev (the Flemish Green Party) launched the commendable campaign "I am what I am, I'm worth looking at." (Ik ben zoals ik ben, Ik mag gezien worden). One can argue about the attractiveness of models, according to some they were all looking very attractive and definitely didn't represent the average population.
With this campaign Mieke Vogels makes a plea for appreciating "common" people instead of the super slender and beautiful models which we are constantly faced with in the media and advertising. Agalev's recent electoral campaign, however, in which Agalev focuses on food and health, is inconsequent with Mieke Vogels' pursued policy. The image on the right displays the breasts of a very attractive young lady. These are certainly no "regular" breasts of a regular size and this certainly is no plea in favour of "regular people". Moreover, as far as her commitment towards her policy is concerned, Mieke Vogels is not standing by the agreements made during the press conference.
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You look well…lose weight with pleasure… sounds as if you're only looking good when you are slim. Aren't we allowed to feel good just the way we are? Why are well-rounded people always represented as unhappy people?
Recent publicity campaigns on this matter(nov.2002) (Article in Dutch)

G-string for children is in fashion. Girls are buying fashionable underwear at an increasingly young age! (HBvL; 7/11/2002) Even in our children's educationFull story.(Article in Dutch)

Big is beautiful? (HBvL 10/10/2002) Plump women are becoming trendy again, at least in the United States. Men are getting tired of female hourglasses (Gazet van Antwerpen 05/10/2002)(Article in Dutch)

Title: Fashion Academy Supports Campaign Against Beauty Ideal Het Belang van Limburg, Date: 31/05/2002
The recent campaign, launched by Mieke Vogels shows two pictures of everyday people. On the first picture these people are dressed, on the second one they're naked. The models, first only shown in newspapers, now also appear on the fashion show website of the Antwerp Fashion Academy. Plagiarism? No. The Minister of Welfare fights against the tyranny of the beauty ideal on more than one level.(Article in Dutch)





Ideal Measurements Have To Make Way For Diversity Date: 21 May 2002
This week, Minister of Health and Welfare Mieke Vogels launches a new campaign against the beauty ideal. The purpose of this action is to put the beauty ideal into perspective. "People want to answer to the small measurements which the media and publicity represent as ideal." As a result, they start feeling unhappy and take up unhealthy eating habits. This cannot be tolerated" according to Mieke Vogels. "Today's models take a size 36, whereas this is only achievable for five percent of all women." A study, conducted by the University of Ghent shows that one out of every two teen-age girls considers her body to be of a 'problematic' nature. One out of ten is struggling with eating disorders. 'I'm the Minister of Health,' Vogels says, 'and I can see my portfolio growing bigger every day because men and women are trying to live up to this unachievable beauty ideal'. 'Young girls start smoking, as they heard that cigarettes lessen their appetite. Men chose for 'body-sculpting' and turn to dangerous muscle strengtheners. More and more people go on a diet, not to improve their health, but in order to slim down'.
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Is the average Fleming feeling well? Average supermodels against super slender terror. Mieke Vogels uses supermodels in her fight against super slender terror. Source: De Morgen 22/05/2002 (Article in Dutch)

Modal/Average Models In Street Scenes. Four different people, four different postures and they all feel well. Being healthy, and not having a perfectly streamlined super slender body, should be the standard again according to the minister.
De Morgen 22/05/2002 (Article in Dutch)

Round Ruby Against Beauty Ideal Ruby is her name; a campaign launched by the Body Shop questions the current beauty ideal, a source of frustration for many women. Source: Het Belang van Limburg, 11/12 oktober 1997 (Article in Dutch)

Don't fall for the Beauty Ideal We just have to accept the fact that there is a beauty ideal, and it's obvious that this sells well. Two opinions from fields which are also intensively linked with the human body and appearance: fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester and athlete Kim Gevaert. (De Morgen, 22/05/2002) (Article in Dutch)

What Are The Seven Signs Of Beauty? Real beauty is on the inside? (Article in Dutch)
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A real woman should have nice breasts; that's why my daddy gave them as a graduation present. Now I feel completely at ease with myself. A statement from former Big Brother resident Ester (HBvL 22/10/2002). These young people are role models for their generation. What will our children be rewarded with for good school results in the future: a new nose, slender thighs, new breasts, … (Article in Dutch)

Saw The News Today? No, Birgit was reading it. Female newsreaders distract men from the news contents. (HBvL, 1/11/2002) (Article in Dutch)

I did take a look in the mirror first. Do you also wonder whether model Linda Deplacie would have appeared on the SPA advertisements if she weighed 95kg and had full breasts… Probably not. This is the way I am and the way I'll always be. Once again an example of how, even after some years, beauty and attractiveness are linked to success. (Article in Dutch)
Read the interview (HBvL 31/10/2002)

Course Helps 'Ugly People' Acquire More Positive Self-Image. Groningen - Clinical psychologist Bouman once treated a man who was very concerned about his "breasts". "Unconsciously you do take a closer look", the clinician says, "but I didn't see anything. Then again, that is the exact symptom of this disorder." The Groningen psychologist is the first man in the Netherlands to give courses to people obsessed with their alleged ugliness. He highlights the word alleged, since : " to someone else, your big nose may look perfectly normal." The purpose of this course is very simple. Take different people with the same complaint, put them together, and most of the suffering will be history. Alkmaarsche Courant 19-04-01 (Article in Dutch)

Looking at models can lead women into depression. Het Belang van Limburg 20/11/2002 Full story. (Article in Dutch)

No award for slim models. Minister Vogels angry with ideal measurements at fashion academy. (HBvL 17/06/2002) Full story (Article in Dutch)

I can't be slim. Model from Houthalen denounces beauty ideal. (HBvL 30/06/2002 ) (Article in Dutch)
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We are weirdoes. "Kwesties" reruns 'De Mensentuin'. "This is no sexist chitchat: if you want to be successful, you 'd better be pretty… Scientific research showed that during a job interview, the first eight seconds are decisive. You are immediately judged on your appearance or behaviour. Everything else is of no importance. (HBvL 13/05/2002) Full story. (Article in Dutch)

TV introduces anorexia and bulimia on the Fiji Islands. (HBvL 03/06/2002) Full story. (Article in Dutch)

What is the reason for being happy? … Generally, people react enthusiastically to a smooth appearance, and a pretty face is often considered an indication for a gentle character. (Psychologie, jg 1995) Full story. (Article in Dutch)

People appear to be 25% prettier when you drink. (HBvL, 15/12/2001) Full story. (Article in Dutch)

Ugly women also need love, but they won't be getting it from me. Popstar Shaggy in FHM (HBvL 29/04/2002) Full story. (Article in Dutch)

Women wearing make-up more professional. Women who don't put on any make-up give the impression that they don't want to take much trouble to look good
(HBvL, 09/02/2002) …
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Big eggs after mating with most beautiful male… even in the animal kingdom looks are important. (HBvL 03/02/2002) Full story. (Article in Dutch)

Erica Frans holds socio-cultural training courses at the CGSO Federation. She states: There's only one taboo left: physical appearance. "Many young people -especially girls- are terrified that they won't be accepted as 'part of the group' because they're too fat. We're carrying a great weight on our shoulders, in order to look exactly the way the standard prescribes. (De Morgen 22/04/1995) Full story. (Article in Dutch)

Older, highly educated men with well paid jobs are often more attractive to younger women than men of their own age with relatively lower income. Physical appearance is of minor importance in their choice. (De Telegraaf September 17 2002) Full story. (Article in Dutc h)

Chinese people malformed by plastic surgery (De Telegraaf, March 20 2002) Full story (Article in Dutch)

Please, no K3 sweaters on big bellies by Bert Felix (Story from the Apeldoornse Courant of 21-08-2002) (Article in Dutch)

Girls throw off veils at schools in Teheran
For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, students and teachers of over 10 girls' schools in the Iranian Capital Teheran are no longer obliged to wear veils or long coats. Gazet van Antwerpen, Date: 24/11/2002 (Article in Dutch)

Looks more and more important to men De Telegraaf, November 9 2001
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Poll: Lopez and Beckham are the most beautiful people (De Telegraaf - October 30 2001)
LONDON - Compared to all female celebrities, American singer/actress Jennifer Lopez has the most beautiful body. (Article in Dutch)

Barbie still is very popular with young girls, but she now faces a "sturdy" competitor:
Emme. "Sturdy", since Emme does not have the perfect figure of her world-famous little sister. Designer Robert Tonner gave Emme more realistic measurements, and named her after a 38-year-old American model who served as example for the doll. (Het Belang van Limburg 02/12/2002) (Article in Dutch)

Imaginary ugliness. People who suffer from imaginary ugliness don't see themselves the way they really are. For instance, they consider themselves extremely fat or they detest certain parts of their face or body (the shape of their nose, hair growth, teeth, complexion, hands or feet) (Article in Dutch)

Beauties on the internet (Face prints). What will pretty attractive faces look like when internet users compose them by computer? Women provided their equals with short and sporty hair cuts, whereas men prefer to see the opposite sex with half-long hair styles. (Article in Dutch)

Web Sites Promote Anorexia and Bulimia as a 'Lifestyle' Experts worry these sites may fuel eating disorder crisis By Jennifer Thomas HealthScoutNews Reporter (Bron : (Article in English)

One minute to body dissatisfaction
Researchers found that women who looked at advertisements featuring stereotypically thin and beautiful women showed more signs of depression and were more dissatisfied with their bodies after only one to three minutes of viewing the pictures. The women who registered the biggest drop in self-image after viewing the pictures were those who already felt bad about themselves to begin with, said Laurie Mintz, lead author of the study and an associate professor of educational and counselling psychology at University of Missouri-Columbia. "It's like a vicious cycle for a lot of women," Mintz said. "Basically, women who already feel ashamed of themselves are the people who are going to be most impacted by those images." (Bron : (Article in English)

Globalization of Beauty Makes Slimness Trendy October 3, 2002 By NORIMITSU ONISHI LAGOS, Nigeria - With no success, Nigeria had been sending contestants to the Miss World pageant for years. Winners of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria went year after year to the Miss World competition, and year after year the beauty queens performed remarkably poorly. Guy Murray-Bruce, the executive director of Silverbird Productions, which runs the Most Beautiful Girl contest, said he had almost resigned himself to the fact that black African women had little chance of winning an international competition in a world dominated by Western beauty ideals. (Bron : (Article in English)

A Secret Society of the Starving September 8, 2002 By MIM UDOVITCH Claire is 18. She is a pretty teenager, with long strawberry-blond hair, and she is almost abnormally self-possessed for a girl from a small town who has suddenly been descended upon by a big-city reporter who is there to talk to her, in secret, about her secret life. She is sitting on the track that runs around the field of her high school's football stadium, wearing running shorts and a T-shirt and shivering a little because even though we are in Florida -- in the kind of town where, according to Claire, during ''season'' when you see yet another car with New York plates, you just feel like running it down -- there's an evening chill. (Bron : (Article in English)

Jamie Lee Curtis has nothing to hide. 2002 San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday, August 27, 2002 Joan Ryan JAMIE LEE CURTIS called more magazine a few months ago. She had an idea for a story and photo shoot. The result is in the issue that hits newsstands today. The actress is photographed in her underwear as she looks in the privacy of her own bedroom, without benefit of stylists, makeup or flattering camera angles. Curtis, famously fit in movies such as "Perfect" and "True Lies," looks like what she is: a 43-year-old mother of two. Squishy in the middle. Chunky in the thighs. Flabby in the back. Thick at the knees and ankles. On the next page of the magazine is another photograph. It's Glam Jamie, as Curtis calls her gussied-up self. She's gorgeous in a sleek black dress -- carefully chosen to elongate and slim her torso -- and sling-back heels with ankle ties. The magazine reveals, at Curtis's request, that the transformation took 13 people and three hours. ( (Article in English)

Idealized Women in TV Ads Make Girls Feel Bad Fri Jul 12, 5:35 PM ET By Alan Mozes NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - TV commercials that depict idealized images of rail-thin feminine beauty can send young female viewers--particularly those who place great importance on their appearance--into an immediate tailspin of increased anger and body dissatisfaction, Australian researchers say. "Viewing television commercials containing images of the unrealistic thin-ideal for women caused adolescent girls to feel less confident, more angry and more dissatisfied with their weight and appearance," said study lead author Duane Hargreaves of Flinders University in South Australia. Hargreaves and his team showed a compilation of TV commercials to a group of over 400 adolescent boys and girls attending high school in Adelaide, South Australia. The 40 clothing, food, cosmetic, movie and car commercials viewed were a one-week sample of spots airing on Australian networks in June 1999. (Bron :Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 2002;21:287-308) (Article in English)

Teen Mag Editor Promotes Healthy Body Image By Carol Lee - WEnews correspondent NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--When millions of teenage girls page through this month's issue of YM magazine, what they read--stories like "Girls' Night Out" and "Cat Got Your Tongue? It's Hard Being Shy"--may be less noteworthy than what they don't read. There is not a single dieting story, tip or "how to." Nor will there ever be as long as Christina Kelly is in charge. Kelly, 39, publicly announced last month her decision to ban dieting stories and to feature larger-size models in YM, which has 2.3 million readers. Her announcement came four months after her promotion to editor in chief of YM from executive editor. But Kelly says the policy unofficially began her first day on the job. "I always had this belief that as soon as I became editor in chief, diet stories would be gone," Kelly says. "I'm really aware of the body-image issue." Although they won't formally know about the changes until they read the editor's note in the April issue, readers and their parents have already noticed them. Rebecca Onion, who edits the letters section of the magazine, says she has sifted through volumes of grateful correspondence from readers who used to balk at skinny YM models. (Bron : (Article in English)

Dance Instructor Wins Weight Discrimination Battle KPIX Monday May 06 09:39 PM EDT - By Joe Belden A 240-lb. dance instructor has claimed victory in her battle to be a Jazzercise instructor. Jennifer Portnick complained that Jazzercise discriminated against her based on her weight. Portnick's claim was the first of its kind mediated by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. The commission ruled in Portnick's favor, and now Jazzercise has dropped all instructor weigh restrictions throughout its entire franchise system. "A lot of people are like me," Portnick said. "I'm eating a healthy diet, I'm working out, I should be able to do anything I want to do. And sometimes doors are closed. But the good news is, if we stand up for ourselves, there can be positive social change." (Article in English)

The Tyranny of Skinny, Fashion's Insider Secret By KATE BETTS The New York Times March 31, 2002 "It's the last unexplored opportunity in the fashion business," he said. "If I were Tom Ford or Miuccia Prada, I would make upscale, groovy, hip clothes for plus sizes." The problem is a prejudice against large sizes in the fashion business, he said.Everyone who works in fashion has heard the stories that point to the tyranny of the skinny archetype. There's the American design house where the byword is you needn't apply for a job if you are bigger than size 8. When the look of the moment was more anorexic than usual, there was supposedly a sign in the bathroom of one of the major American fashion magazines that said, "Don't vomit in here." And then there was the story of the fashion assistant who worked around the clock one night to organize a magazine party, only to be told the following day that her help was no longer needed. She was too "big" for the uniform that staff members would be wearing to the party. (Article in English)

Can You Be Both Fit and Fat? By KPIX - April Cummings San Francisco Cronicle With billions spent on the diet industry each year, it would seem Americans are obsessed with weight. But the number of people who think it's possible to be happy with your body -- even if it's fat -- is growing almost as quickly as the nation's waistband. "It's about time that people say I'm not going to take it anymore," said Francis White, Secretary of the National Association to Advance of Fat Acceptance, or NAAFA. "I'm very angry. I¹m skilled. I'm competent. I can do the same job as anybody else. I just may need an armless chair to sit in." They're coming forward to say they're fat as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. (Bron : (Article in English)

Overweight Teens May Go to Extremes to Shed Pounds NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Feb 18 - Nearly one in five adolescent girls who are very overweight may resort to extreme weight-control measures such as diet pills, laxatives, diuretics or vomiting, according to a new study. As obesity rates among US teens and adults continue to climb, experts are worried that many young people are ill-equipped to sensibly control their weight. And with the social pressure to be thin, many may resort to unhealthy means to shed excess pounds. In the new report, Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and colleagues call for prevention strategies that address the different aspects of weight control among teens. "For example, within interventions for overweight adolescents, there is a need to address body image issues and unhealthy dieting behaviors in addition to focusing on changes in eating and physical activity behaviors," they write in the February issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. (Bron : (Article in English)

Golden Girl Uma admits to having Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) By Sherry Kahn May 15th, 2001 -- In Snow White, the princess' evil stepmother gazes into the looking glass, asking, "Mirror mirror on the wall who's the fairest of them all?" Here in the real world, a person who gazes into a mirror thinking, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, I know I'm the ugliest of them all," may be suffering from BDD, or Body Dysmorphic Disorder - certainly something far more dangerous than the stepmother's vanity. In a recent interview with Talk Magazine, even beauty goddess Uma Thurman admitted to struggling with the disorder - one that has its victims feeling that they are simply not attractive. The lanky 6-foot blonde admitted to "being troubled about her weight" ever since giving birth to her daughter, Maya, in July 1998. Thurman, whose beauty and bodacious body are celebrated world-wide, has recently been named the spokesmodel for Lancome's Miracle perfume. She also stars in a new movie released this week, Golden Bowl. "I see myself as fat," Thurman confessed to Talk Magazine, adding that she has body dysmorphic . (Bron: (Article in English)

Women's magazines are dead No, this isn't another diatribe about anorexia. The women's magazines' worst sin isn't their promotion of an "unrealistic body image" or excessive thinness. (Frankly, given the ballooning of the average American, male and female, the problem is in the opposite direction.) Their sin isn't even the promotion of consumerism as a substitute for real experience, or the insipid hedonism they purvey (we'll get to that later). ( ) (Article in English)

New Kellogg's(R) Special K(R) Cereal Campaign Speaks Honestly About Body Image; Tells Women That Confidence, Not Dress Size, Is What CountsBATTLE CREEK, Mich., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ via Individual Inc. -- For decades, "perfect" models have been at the center of our mass media fantasies. But now, one advertiser intends to challenge the notion of the "ideal" woman so that women everywhere can accept the bodies they have. Through a national advertising campaign that launches today, Kellogg's(R) Special K(R) cereal will speak honestly about how women feel about their bodies, challenging the stereotypes that have fueled women's insecurities for years. Recognizing that self-esteem is largely determined by how people feel about their looks, Special K cereal's "Reshape Your Attitude" campaign encourages women by saying there is no ideal body weight, only a healthful lifestyle that will lead to a healthier weight. (Bron : (Article in English)

Pursuing Perfection, Dancing With Death: Eating Disorders Haunt Ballerina By Jennifer Dunning We were trying to see which girls developed or were predisposed to problems," said Dr. Warren, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the director of its Menopause and Hormonal Disorders Center. But 60 to 70 per cent of the students dropped out of the survey, and the study was canceled after a year. "Some dropped out because of injury, Dr. Warren said. "But basically when the girls started getting into trouble, they didn's want to answer questions." Denial, Dr. Hamilton said, is a large part of the problem of eating disorders, a problem that affects a large number of young ballerinas. Determined intervention might have helped avert the sudden death on June 30 of Heidi Guenther, no longer a student but a 22-year-old member of the Boston Ballet. The exact cause is not yet known. But Ms. Guenther had eating problems. She had complained to her family in recent weeks of a racing, pounding heart, but she refused to see a doctor. (Bron : (Article in English)

A perfect body ? By Joan Ryan Twenty-two-year-old Heidi Geunther wanted what every ballet dancer wanted. A perfect, weightless body. The kind that seemed to float through the air. When she returned home to San Francisco several weeks ago during a break from the Boston Ballet, her mother worried that she had gotten too thin. Guenther was 5 feet 3 and 100 pounds, 15 pounds below normal for that height. Even an administrator at the Boston Ballet, who had told Guenther last year to lose weight, told her several months ago that she had gone too far. But the advice might have come too late. While driving with her family to Disneyland 11 days ago, Guenther abruptly slumped forward. Her mother thought at first it was some kind of joke. But Guenther's heart simply stopped beating. She died instantly. (Article in English)(Bron:

One out of five women constantly on a diet. De Morgen 10/10/1998
Twenty per cent of all British women claim to be on a diet (nearly) all of the time. Only one out of four is satisfied with her weight, and 60 per cent sometimes feel guilty when the subject is brought up. … Many women think they are too fat, when in fact they're not. The aesthetic ideal weight lies far below the medical ideal. (Article in Dutch)

Gay/Lesbian and eating disorders? (11/11/2002) A study conducted by Harvard University among more than a thousand American boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17, has shown that sexual preference influences the body image. Homosexual teen-age boys more often have eating disorders than their heterosexual peers. Teenagers still questioning their sexual preference also go on a diet more often. Lesbian girls, then again, worry less about their figure than heterosexual girls do.
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Disrupted Body Images. Men think women are looking for muscles - but in fact they are not. Alert: models are unrealistic. Slimming mothers will have fat children.
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School cannot prevent eating disorders 20/05/2002
Schools are advised not to inform children about the dangers of eating disorders. This was stated by several clinical psychologists at a conference on women's body images.
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Afraid of becoming fat (KLASSE voor leerkrachten, October 1995)
An increasing number of schoolgirls are getting addicted to being thin. They suffer from anorexia nervosa. Out of every 200 young women in the Western world, one or two suffer from this eating disorder. Between 5 and 18 per cent of all recorded anorectics even starve themselves to death. Over the last decades, the number of eating disorder patients has strongly increased. Even one of your classmates could be afraid to become fat. Is there anything a teacher can do?
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Thin Models (Sunday Times 25 juni 2000, Images of thin models are bad for women) JOWELL's aim is to free young girls from the "tyranny" of feeling that to be attractive they must be as painfully thin as the diminishing actress Calista Flockhart, who plays Ally McBeal in the television series. This ambition arose, in part, from the concern that she and Jay (her co-minister) shared about the fact that although girls outperform boys at school they go into lower-paid jobs. (Article in English)

Physical Attractiveness and Impression Formation An important dimension of forming an impression of someone is what that person looks like. If he or she dresses sloppily, is clumsy, and is physically unattractive, we are inclined to dislike him or her, or in general think negatively about him or her. However, to many people, an attractive person can do no wrong. This is due partly to the halo effect. (The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved) (Article in English)

In de ban van de schoonheidskoorts. De Miss World verkiezingen doen heel wat stof opwaaien in India. Terwijl sommigen uit protest tegen de verkiezingen de hand aan zichzelf slaan, blijkt zowat het hele land in de ban van het schoonheidsideaal. Elk zichzelf respecterende stad richt een eigen schoonheidswedstrijd in en zowel de kosmeticasector als de plastische chirurgen doen gouden zaken. Bron : De Morgen (datum onbekend) (Article in English)

Body dissatisfaction and the media. Some studies have suggested that the media's portrayal of the "ideal body" for women has had a big impact on the increase in women's body dissatisfaction. Research also proposes that this media exposure is linked to the increasing prevalence of eating disorders and body image disturbances. We do know that eating disorders are not solely caused by the media and that other psychological, emotional, and developmental factors play a big role. It does appear necessary, however, to investigate the effect the media has on women and eating disorders. (Bron: (Article in English)

New Survey on Obesity and Body Image Finds that it's a Matter of Smoke and Mirrors
Boston, MA; September 18, 1998 -- With rates of obesity escalating worldwide, a new survey of American women reports that 70% of overweight women (versus 41% of thin women) like their bodies less than they like themselves and report that this negative body image is fuelled by unrealistic images of women portrayed in the media. Conducted for the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation with technical assistance from Shape Up America!, the survey findings will be discussed today at a major national forum in Boston, Mind Over Media: Women Health in the Cultural Environment, to underscore how cultural stereotypes about womens bodies affect their long term health. Comparing the attitudes and beliefs of overweight women aged 35 and over with their thin or normal weight same-aged counterparts, the survey clearly finds that many overweight women are stigmatized about body image. Specifically, the poll reveals that more than one in four overweight women identify images of women in the media as making them feel worse about their body. Most important, this negativity translates into a higher prevalence of unhealthy behaviors among overweight women. Bron : (Article in English)

Positive representation in the media This advertisement proves that well-rounded ladies can also be pretty. When you take a look at this advertisement, you realise that every person, regardless his/her shape, is worth looking at.
Advertisement of the Claudia Largo store, in Cosmos 12/12/2002 (Article in Dutch)

Face-lift in front of the camera. While we are still recovering from yet another Big Brother series, America has started another craze: people who are dissatisfied with their appearance, can undergo plastic surgery while the camera is rolling. (Article in Dutch)
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Kids are getting heavier and they're proud of it too Girls are no longer ashamed of their big and bare bellies. 'A breakthrough in girls psyche' It's windy warm and shops are open late. Guys with mobile phones and girls with bare bellies have taken a seat in an outdoor café at the Old Canal of Utrecht. Each navel shows a piercing, but what's more striking: these bellies are round. They tumble over their belts. They join in the conversation and get goose bumps when the sun sets. Shamelessly present. "This is the correction on the slender frenzy", says health psychologist Greta Noordenbos, who conducts an eating disorder research at the University of Leiden. "This is a special moment. All those big bellies, but most of all: that they may be seen. This is a breakthrough in the girls' psyche." Source: (Article in Dutch)

We want to diet to fanatic !.5-10 percent is enough Source (Article in Dutch)

Do you want to decide the fate of a college girl's chest? Do you want to help give the world a pair of big beautiful breasts? Here is your chance to GIVE MICHEL BOOBS! Charity has no limits. A 23 years old American student, named Michel, asks on her own website people on the whole world to give her the money toaugment her breasts. She needs 4500 dollar."I made this site because I have been considering breast augmentation for many years and would like support getting there. I do just fine with padded bras (BestForm hidden pushups, 34A), but I think augmented boobs look nice, and I think a lot of other people do too." (Article in Dutch)