Why Do We Hate Our Bodies So Much?
What can be done to stop the unrealistic representation of men's and women's bodies by visual and print media? Are government regulation and media literacy classes sufficient?
What's the Latest Development?
Politicians in England have perhaps been the most aggressive in tackling false advertising among fashion sellers, banning ads with Photoshopped bodies, for example. Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson, who has spearheaded the campaign, found that students perform less actively in classes when they feel insecure about their body. Diet companies are also criticized by women's leaders for encouraging people to eat cognitively rather than listening to the nutritional needs of their bodies. In England, half of female smokers say they use tobacco as an appetite suppressant. "Is it too strong to suggest that these things, these anxieties, are slowly killing them?"
What's the Big Idea?
Rates of dieting, fitness, plastic surgery and eating disorders are at an all time high, but why do so many women, and an increasing number of men, feel insecure about their bodies? A famous study of teenage girls in Fiji, before and after the television was introduced to the island in 1995, is telling: "After three years with TV, the girls who watched it the most were 50% more likely to describe themselves as 'too fat'; 29% scored highly on a test of eating-disorder risk." Body images presented by the media are increasingly unrealistic while being presented as an achievable, even necessary, goal.
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Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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