The peaks and pits of body image and pregnancy

Pregnancy is an experience that changes women’s lives, and their bodies. What is often the happiest time of one’s life also entails body image struggles. While also dealing with new hormonal changes throughout their nine month term, pregnancy can be overwhelming. Research shows that women’s insecurities increase not only throughout pregnancy, but up to nine months postpartum. This caused women to gain more weight, have worsened mental health and lack in their relationships with friends and family.

Breast cancer survivors discuss overcoming body struggles

In 2017 alone, Susan G. Komen projects that there will be 316,120 new cases of breast cancer in women, both invasive and non-invasive. As a cancer that will affect one in eight women during their lifetime, local organizations like Susan G. Komen Michigan provide support and resources to the countless women who are diagnosed with this disease. Erica Bills is the executive director of Susan G. Komen Michigan and advocates for women who battle breast cancer. She has seen how the media, specifically advertisements, have distorted people’s perspective on breast cancer. What should be viewed as an illness has become a marketing technique for some, and can make people less sensitive toward those who are struggling.

Instagram named worst app for mental health: What can be changed?

Instagram has been named the worst social media app in regards to mental health. In a study by the Royal Society for Public Health, called #StatusofMind, Instagram was noted with causing depression, anxiety and even sleeping issues for its users. Ranking out the top five in order were YouTube, the most positive; Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and finally, Instagram. Matt Keracher, senior policy and communications executive for the Royal Society of Public Health, authored the #StatusofMind report. He discussed how these findings are not only important in the UK, but internationally.

Sexual objectification: Is it a problem? How do we solve it?

EAST LANSING, Mich. — During Halloween in 2016, Sharon Thomas, a human biology major at University of Michigan, was walking through the neighborhood of Cedar Village around 8 p.m. when a man called her from across the street. “He said, ‘Hey, baby, you look fine,’ then he ran over to me from across the road,” said Thomas.  “I didn’t really register what he was doing at the moment.”

Thomas said the man ran up to her and grabbed her waist while complimenting her. She pushed him away physically, but she couldn’t get him out of her mind.