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Understanding the complexities of body dysmorphia, and the celebrities who’ve spoken out about it

Article originally published in NowToLove on 23rd January 2020. While it's completely normal to experience a few self-doubts from time to time, for a small but significant number of people it's part of a debilitating and often hidden condition known as body dysmorphic disorder or BDD. "Body dysmorphia is a mental disorder where people are [...]

The risky obsession with building the perfect muscular body snaring Aussie men

A growing number of Australian men are obsessed with building the biggest bodies they can, going to extreme and potentially dangerous lengths to achieve idealised physiques. Experts say this behaviour goes well beyond vanity, with muscle dysmorphia — dubbed bigorexia — posing serious physical and mental health implications. Those men deepest in a body dysmorphia [...]

Selfie surgery

Written by: C Yabsley Air brushing and photo editing is no longer restricted to magazines and advertising. With apps such as Snapchat and Facetune on most smart phones, more and more people are editing their images to their liking. Taking it one step further are those who are seeking cosmetic surgery to permanently look like [...]

How to break up with friends

Originally published on on 30th November, written by James Findlay Sometimes, breaking up with someone you're casually dating can be easy*. You probably don't have mutual friends, you might not have anything in common, and there's a good chance you'll probably never see them again (with any luck). Breaking up with a friend, though? [...]

Secret ingredients that make Games of Thrones as irresistible as ‘salt, sugar, MSG and fat’

Published in the Daily Telegraph on 22nd July 2017.  IF YOU were among the nearly 800,000 Australians who tuned in to watch the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones, you don’t need to be told about the secrets of its success. Some, however, have still not latched on to how its perfect mix of [...]

How to support a loved one living with an eating disorder

How to support a loved one living with an eating disorder (Article originally published by Triple J's Hack on 18th July 2017. Written by Ange McCormack) For 21-year-old Madeleine from Coffs Harbour, who spent eight months in clinical treatment for anorexia, being approached about her eating disorder by her loved ones didn’t always go down well. “I’ve [...]

Podcast: Body dysmorphia & Cosmetic Surgery.

Podcast from Triple J's The Hook Up Psychologist and body dysmorphia expert, Dr Ben Buchannan joined us to discuss why we think about boobs so much and why maybe we shouldn't?

Obsession with breasts. Extreme self consciousness & implants don’t mix

Aired on Triple J's The Hook Up on 15th January 2017 Breasts, they're one of the most scrutinized parts of the female body. How do we get over insecurities and realize that every boob is beautiful? On the podcast we'll hear from women with boobs of all shapes and sizes, plus psychologist and body dysmorphia expert, [...]

Psychologists reveal what your household clutter says about your state of mind

This article originally published in Fairfax's Domain on 23rd January, 2017. Written by Jane Hone In a world where we are seemingly surrounded by stuff, it’s no wonder we’re living more cluttered lives. With scores of books and articles praising the psychological benefits of decluttering, it’s worth wondering why we have clutter in the first place? Is it simply a case of [...]

The Pain of Body Shame

This body dysmorphic disorder article originally appeared in Weight Watchers Magazine, written by Kimberly Gillan  When Charlie de Haas, 32, became a fitness model 
in her mid-20s she thought blitzing her body fat to 
six per cent would solve her image problems. But it only made things worse. The harder she worked out and the more [...]