Starving for perfection: by Dr Emma Bond

As a Parliamentary group gears up for a new campaign on body image, research explores the phenomenon of ‘pro-ana’ websites which promote anorexia as a lifestyle choice. There are increasing concerns over the number and availability of websites which promote anorexia and bulimia. Little is known about why people use these ‘pro-ana’ and ‘pro-ED’ sites, what they use them for and whether or not they contribute either to the anorexicondition or the…

Body image

Women who are more aware of their bodies from within, are less likely to think of their bodies principally as objects, researchers have found. Psychologists from Royal Holloway University of London asked healthy female student volunteers to count their own heartbeats by “listening” to their bodies. The more accurately they detected their heartbeats, the less they tended to think of their bodies as objects. These findings may aid understanding…