body image

Fitness inspiration, known as fitspo, is supposed to get women exercising, but is it helpful or hurtful for women's body images? Caroline and Cristen assess the health of fitspo and its links to eating disorders and compulsive exercise.

Seeing Through Glasses Stereotypes

Dorothy Parker once wrote that "men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." Cristen and Caroline explore why so many negative stereotypes are attached to women wearing glasses and whether we have hipsters to thank for making glasses cool.

Skinny Models Hurt Brands, Study Finds

For female consumers, pretty catalog models can conjure ugly thoughts about brands, a new study out of the University of Manitoba has found. Previous studies on how women respond to advertising images of slender ladies has produced mixed results, with some finding that they amplify self-satisfaction and others concluding that they diminish it. According to this new data, the difference might boil down to subtlety.

How does body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) change the you see yourself in the mirror? Listen in to learn more about the relationship between gender and BDD, overcoming BDD and more in today's episode.

The United Kingdom has regulations against airbrushing in advertising, and the American Medical Association has an anti-airbrushing warning -- so how bad can airbrushing be? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the history of photo manipulation.

A New Bulimia Side Effect: Brain Damage

The Mayo Clinic's list of the eating disorder's side effects include abnormal bowel functioning, damaged teeth and gums, swollen salivary glands in the cheeks, sores in the throat and mouth and irregular heartbeat. And with new study findings out of the University of Colorado, brain damage might be another scary side effect to add to that list.

Life According to Cosmo: What Women (Should) Want