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Scrolling Into Bias: Social Media’s Effect on AI Art

See what AI thinks the human body should look like based on social media and the World Wide Web.

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The Stigma of Eating Disorders

The Stigma of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, are mental illnesses that can be triggered by genetic factors, unresolved emotions, and traumatic life events. Those suffering from eating disorders can become severely malnourished due to food restriction or binge eating and purging. They’re also susceptible to a number of other health conditions.

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Video Games Realistic Body Types

Video games have grown increasingly realistic over time. New, immersive gaming styles are now somewhat true to life and even cinematic; the environments are richer and more detailed, and PC and console graphics processors are becoming more capable of handling the high-definition imagery.

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Superheroes With Realistic Body Types

When it comes to accurate depictions of the human body, comic book heroes are hardly realistic. Whether they’re sprouting blades from their hands or surviving decades in a deep freeze, these characters regularly push the limits of what’s considered possible. But they also depart from realistic human anatomy in a more mundane sense: Almost none of them reflect the typical physique of most Americans.

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Body Image

For many Americans, weight can be a constant concern and an ongoing struggle. In 2013, 51% of Americans said they wanted to lose weight, and only 18% reported that they were at their ideal weight already. Dissatisfaction with body size is clearly widespread, and one in four report making serious efforts toward weight loss. Plenty of us are interested in improving our health – but when does an interest become an obsession? When does self-improvement become unsafe or even disordered?

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Examine the Bulimia Research and Data Library

We have conducted polling and collected data to help understand what is the current landscape of eating disorders and related subjects. All graphics and data within our library are free to share. We only ask that you link back to the article in order for your readers to have the original source.

Weighing in on Movies

Weighing In On Movies

In our modern era, weight is a notoriously sensitive subject – for men and women alike. Whether the focus is on weight loss or weight gain, few relish the thought of conversation concerning their bodies and how their weight may contrast with a popularized ideal.

America's Relationship with Food

America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Food

A big batch of pancakes with a side of bacon, still popping and crackling from the heat of the stove? A cup of yogurt with fresh berries and homemade granola? A green smoothie? Or perhaps a bowl of cereal, a protein bar, or a cup of fast-food coffee and a to-go breakfast sandwich?

The Evolution of Mr Olympia

Evolution of Mr. Olympia

Oiled muscles, perfect poses, and a speedo round out the image of a Mr. Olympia contestant. Contestants at the world’s ultimate bodybuilding competition are presented as physical ideals, but they often play a second role: as poster boys for the hidden dangers of body image issues, such as muscle dysmorphia or bulimia.

Body Image Empowerment on Instagram

We’ve all been there: staring in front of the mirror wishing our nose was smaller; our waist thinner; our height taller. Luckily, over the past few decades, society has been collectively moving toward a new way of thinking