#3: Can I vaccinate my child against beauty sickness?

with Renee Engeln, PhD

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In this episode we discuss:

  • the phenomenon of women depleting their time, energy, and emotional resources on an all-consuming quest for beauty

  • the source of beauty sickness - our culture

  • how gender impacts cultural pressure around appearance

  • what to do about the beauty behaviors we actually enjoy

  • the evolutionary science behind our brain’s sensitivity to beauty

  • how parents can use the climate in their household to fight beauty sickness

  • how beauty sickness is manifested in cultures around the world

  • helping young people move toward activism

Body image researcher and author Dr. Engeln breaks down the cultural obsession with appearance she calls beauty sickness, and what body-positive parents can do to help children escape it.

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Dr. Renee Engeln, Ph.D. is an award-winning professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, where she directs the Body and Media Lab. She is the author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals, and her TEDx talk has more than half a million views on Youtube. Dr. Engeln’s lab conducts research on issues surrounding women’s body image, including objectification theory, fat talk, and idealized media images.

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Jordan Best