Anorexia In the mid-nineteenth century successful Western businessmen and politicians "tummy bulged." Their relative obesity in societies in which the scourge of potential famine had only relatively recently been overcome was a sign of their high status and social success. Eating disorders were relatively rare then. They have now become much more common and are quite possibly increasing in the developed countries where there is relatively ample food.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder Dissatisfaction with how you look is practically the norm. However, when someone becomes intensely preoccupied with what they believe to be a defect in their appearance, then they may be suffering from a mental health condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). While there may be a real basis for the concern, as for example, where acne is present, the sufferer's preoccupation is intense and excessive.
Trichotillomania This is a condition which involves pulling out body hairs to the point where there is significant hair loss. Hair from any part of the body may be targeted, including the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, pubic and perirectal areas. People with this condition usually notice that they feel either tension before the hair-pulling, or that they feel tension when they try not to give in to the impulse. Usually trichotillomaniacs feel significant distress about their conditions.
Ken Thompson: Body Image, Body Building, and Cultural Ideas of Muscularity An analysis of the ways in which changing ideas about men's muscularity are beginning to impact upon men's body image and ways in which some of the risks of this can be countered.
Buff Enough? by Jonathan Rauch. A review of the The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession, by Pope Jr., Phillips, and Olivardi. From Reason By the time I graduated from high school, I had reached my full height-not quite five feet, eight inches-and I weighed 105 pounds. Much earlier, when I was about 9 or 10, I had begun to notice that I was preoccupied with certain aspects of my appearance. After one of my father's friends made a good-natured jibe about my "nice little potbelly," I worried for months about my stomach and tried to keep it covered all the time.
Anthony Napoleon, the author of Awakening Beauty: An Illustrated Look at Mankind's Love and Hatred of Beauty, is a psychologist who has spent many years studying beauty and its impact upon both individuals and society. He has worked with both cosmetic surgery patients and beauty pageant contestants as well as conducting original research into the field. Awakening Beauty is an unprecedented exposé on the subject of beauty. It is both entertaining and thought provoking, a combination that is as unique as it is telling about the author's approach to the subject of this book. The reader is taken backstage into the worlds of beauty pageants, plastic surgery, trophy wives, murderous rage, wardrobe, makeup, Bill Clinton, the events of September Eleven and other provocative topics where beauty has had its effect. Awakening Beauty invites the reader into a world that is as interesting as it is frightening. Readers are transformed as the author shepherds them from their world into his unique perspective and expertise on beauty. Awakening Beauty includes over one hundred tantalizing photographs and illustrations. Awakening Beauty is a compendium of some of the most interesting facts in print. The subject matter of the book along with the author's unique approach to it makes this book a "must read." Get ready to re-think everything you thought you knew about beautiful women and physical attractiveness.