Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Your body

Your body is truly remarkable.

Click on the infographic below to learn 18 amazing facts about your body.


Accept your body …. Respect your body… Love your body

After all, it is the only one you will every have!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

How we see ourselves

This Dove ad skilfully illustrates the difference between how women see their physical selves versus how others see them.

The ad shows an artist sketching several women (unseen) based on how they describe themselves. Next the artist draws the same women; this time the sketch is based on a stranger’s description of them.

The resulting perception based drawings of each individual women, self description opposed to a strangers recount, are very different.

The message is clear. People tend to judge themselves too harshly. It time we were a lot gentler and less judgemental with ourselves.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

'Happy to be in the body you’re in'

We don’t do a ‘quote of the week’ post. If we did, this great self acceptance quote from Myleene Klass, talking to Star magazine, would be this week’s winner:

“I’m just not so hard on myself any more. When you get a bit older and wiser you’re actually just happy to be in the body you’re in. When I think of the pressures I put on myself when I was 22, I was always trying to look like someone else.”

Myleene added: “Some people equate success with thinness, whereas some equate it with being happy. I’m very happy right now.”


Friday, April 19, 2013

Body image questions and answers

In this article, we respond to a set of final year dissertation questions (11 in total) posed by a  journalism student studying at a Scottish university

 1) Given the amount of pressure women feel over their body image and appearance do you feel feminism remains a relevant cause in today's society?

For me, feminism is about gender equality. It is about improving the lives of girls and women, by advancing their social, educational, economic and political power; social justice in essence. It is also about giving females choices and empowering and equipping them to improve their overall situation.

In response to your question, I think feminism is still a very relevant cause. The pressures related to body image and appearance is clearly another huge issue that girls and women must face, adjust to and overcome.

Read Q&A


Monday, April 15, 2013

Diyet plan

In an article posted by Amy Cheney, she describes her dismay at finding a ‘Diyet ‘ [Diet] list in her 7 year old daughters bedroom.
The list included:

i) Permissible food:
    - ‘appals’

ii) A set of exercises:
    -‘16 star jumps 2 time a day’
    -‘rid my bike 3 time a day’
    - ‘Jog/run up and down the driv way three times’.

‘Diyet. Jesus’; was Amy’s initial response. “I felt sick. Physically ill. Like someone had knocked the air from my chest”, she expanded.
Then the inevitable questions:

Where did she learn the word diet?
How does she even know what a freaking diet is?
Whose fault is this? …….

Knowing that she had to do something to try to nip any body image issues in the bud, Amy decided to speak to her daughter about the note.

During the conversation she learned that her daughter had got the idea about dieting from her friend; another 7 year old who was on a diet.

“I am not naïve”, Amy concluded. “I know this will not be the last time I talk about food and weight and bodies with my daughter. I am just ultra pissed that it had to start when she was seven”.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Crisps - Eat with caution

I will be the first to admit that I like crisps. I don’t eat them every day, but I do enjoy the occasional packet at lunch time or better still, as a rare late evening indulgence, while watching TV.

Last week a YouGov poll, made it clear that I am not alone. In fact, I am conservative when in comes to the amount of crisps that I actually consume.

The poll found that a third of British children eat crisps every day with the remainder, of those questioned, eating them several times a week.

YouGov ‘s findings supports research published in the British Medical Journal in 2010, which found that only one in ten packed lunches would meet school meals standards; with most containing crisps or confectionery.

Surprisingly, Briton's consume 6 billion packets of crisps a year, equating to eating almost 100 packets per person.

The associated fat is equivalent to consuming almost five litres of cooking oil per year.

Why do crisps contain so much fat?

The simple answer is that crisps, the product, have been perfected to appeal to our taste buds and our pleasure ‘mouthfeel’ receptors.

Add large amounts of salt (and sugar) to all that fat and it is not difficult to understand why consuming crisps, in large quantities, would not be a wise choice from a health perspective.

Currently there is evidence and on going studies that link crisps to:


Heart Disease

Developmental problems in unborn babies

Hyperactivity in children

Cancer in adults

While I have no intention of giving up crisps, or forcing my children to, I will definitely add a mental note of caution whenever I am contemplating adding them to my shopping list.


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Positive affirmations


Here is a list of 10 positive affirmations that our team have put together. We hope that they will help to improve your body image and build self confidence:

  1. My self worth and value is not determined by the number displayed when I step on the scales.
  2. The beauty of beauty is that it comes in a multitude of sizes and shapes.
  3. I am a whole person, body, personality, skills, values, dreams…; much more than just my appearance.
  4. I am human; therefore, like all other humans, I am not perfect.
  5. I love my (insert feature); I think my (insert feature) looks pretty good too.
  6. My body allows me to live my life and do many things…I am grateful for it.
  7. I give my body the nourishment, exercise and rest that it needs to be healthy.
  8. When I look at others I can see and appreciate their diverse beauty.
  9. I am happy to be and look like me.
  10. I am a whole and complete person; just the way that I am.


Friday, April 05, 2013

How cosmetic surgery led to divorce

Every now and again I am surprised by a story, even though I've been doing this for many years. Here is a cosmetic surgery tale that you don’t hear every day.

This true story occurred at the end of last year. It involves a divorce case in which the husband was awarded damages.

Divorce is not new; the latest figures show that there were 117,558 divorces in England and Wales in 2011, which equates to 42% of marriages ending divorce.

Separation and divorce is where the similarity with this account and other divorce cases ends. Let start the story at the beginning:

In this particular case, the husband, Jian Feng of China, met, fell in love with and married a beautiful woman (unnamed).

In time they had a child together, a little girl. Unfortunately, Jian Feng was horrified when he first looked at the child, because she did not look like either of her parents. He thought she was ugly.

The dissimilarity between the baby girl’s looks and his own convinced him that he was not the father of the child.

The story takes on a strange twist when Jian Feng confronts his wife. In the ensuing conversation, his wife tells him that he was the child’s father. She then confessed that prior to meeting him, she had undergone extensive, £63,000 worth of cosmetic surgery.

Feeling that he had been deceived, Jian Feng started divorce proceedings on the grounds that his wife had been deceptive and had induced him to marry her under false pretences. He not only got the divorce he wanted, but was also awarded approximately £75,000 in damages.

Two questions spring to mind, the first really concerns me:

1. What effect will this have on the little girl when she grows up and learns that her father felt she was ugly and that her physical appearance was the catalyst of her parents divorce?
2. Did Jian Feng love or have deep affection for his wife; or did he marry her purely because of her appearance?

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Parners weight and health

The British Heart Foundation has conducted a spouse/partner related survey, in a bid to publicise Heart Matters (a campaign to improve overall health).
The survey involved questioning 1,426 men and women about their attitude to their partner’s health.

• 59% wanted their partner to lose weight
• 43% believe their partner needs to lose at least one stone
• 79% of people want their partner to stop smoking
• 21% wanted their partner to reduce their consumption of alcohol

Survey participants reported that the main motivating factor behind the above responses was the desire to improve their spouse/partners health and not necessarily to make them more attractive.

Discussing how they would get their partner to make the desired change:
• 58% said they would simply ask
• 3% would use encouragement and rewards
• Less than 1% would utilise threats

Speaking personally and from experience; genuine concern for another’s wellbeing coupled with honesty works best.