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Know It Like the Back of My Hand

The Brain Distorts Visual Image of Our Own Bodies

A new study that uses a model of a hand has found that our brain’s representation of our body is out of sync with reality, a perception that could lead to distortions in body image and possibly a contributing factor to eating disorders such as anorexia. University College London scientists found that when participants put their left hand palm down under a board and asked to judge where certain landmarks were, the subjects perceived their fingers to be one-third shorter and hands to be two-thirds fatter than they actually were. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, aimed to determine the process behind an ability called “position sense”, in which the brain knows where all parts of the body are in space, even with the eyes closed.

More at Science Daily | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Potential Biologic Factor for Eating Disorders Found

Tags: Anorexia, Body Dysmorphia, Eating Disorders, Psychiatric Condition, Body Image

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Barbie Gets a Boob Job

Anti-Cleavage Moms Protest New Buxom Barbie

"Grownups need to get their minds out of the gutter. Little 7 year olds are not in tune to boob jobs. We're looking at a few grams of plastic here. On the TV little girls can't avoid human cleavage even watching news anchors."
- Mario Pimentel in the comments

Barbie, the teenage fashion model doll, who’s over 50, has apparently had her breasts augmented. This has caused a hue and cry in the media and from mothers across the country who feel that their daughters should be protected from Barbie’s molded plastic breasts as they might negatively influence their self images. The doll in question is Number 10 from Mattel’s Back to Basics Collection. She sports a slinky black cocktail dress and noticeable cleavage. But, do Barbie’s breasts really affect the self-image of our daughters? Many moms apparently think so and want the dolls, which sell for $19.95 at retailers including Target, to be pulled from store shelves. So far, Target isn’t bending to the criticism of Barbie’s bodacious bod with its new enhancements and Mattel has not commented.

More at | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Self Esteem, Barbie, Mattel, Target, Back to Basics Collection, Teenage Girls, Self Image, Body Dysmorphia, Cleavage, Breasts

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