Body Confidence

Five Powerful Lessons About Body Image That You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

From actors to comedians, beauty bloggers to directors, self-confidence issues are something that all women have to face - especially in the glare of ...

Are the New Curvy, Tall and Petite Barbies Healthy Role Models or Just Another Kind of Stereotype?

BritChick Paris | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Having role models that bust these perceptions is a huge step forward, but it is equally important not to single them out for being different. It's as if to say, if you don't look like the super skinny version, then somehow you're not normal. Most kids want to feel normal so will they really ask for the 'curvy version?'. Will they want to be seen with it?

Child's Play: The Importance of Tackling Body Image Among Children and Teens

Liam Benjamin Preston | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Liam Benjamin Preston

If you think your child may want to discuss their body confidence or if you want to have a greater understanding of how the words we use and choices we make influence young people's self-esteem, please check out Be Real's resources.

Making 2016 the Year of Selfie-Love

Suzanne Day | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Day

Heading near a gym at the start of a new year could actually be putting your health in danger. January gym bunnies are so keen on getting inside they will mow you down in their cars or flatten you with their brand new fancy gym bags.

Mum's Epic Takedown Of Shop Assistant Who Bodyshamed Her Teenage Daughter

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Supermum may not be a Marvel comic character, but if there was, Megan Naramore Harris from Wichita, Kansas would certainly be a contender for the role...

Do We Really Need a Plus-Size Dating App?

Fran Hayden | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK Tech
Fran Hayden

Categorising us as a specialist brand whilst under the guise of advocating body positivity is not the way to go about supporting the imminent collapse of body shaming, rather integrating us into existing institutions or rather, treating us like everyone else, would be the more favourable option - trust me.

These Body-Confident Underwear Photos Show Beauty Comes In All Sizes

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Women are sharing photos of themselves in their underwear with the hashtag #LikeAQueen to prove all bodies deserve much more respect. The hashtag w...

Don't Compare Your Chapter One to Someone Else's Chapter 20

Natalie Roberts | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Roberts

Whether you've just started your health and fitness journey or been working hard for a while, the chances are that you compare your progress (and therefore, your body) to others. It could be while looking at other people on social media or in magazines, or even in the gym, but it's important that you stop comparing yourself to other people.

'Bikini Body' Phrase Dies A Welcome Death After Being Axed From Women's Health

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, the term 'bikini body' is banned. The phrase, which is a battle cry for women to put away the wine glasses and get ...

Body Image Concerns Are Causing Women To Cancel Christmas Plans

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

British women are cancelling plans over Christmas due to body image concerns and low self-esteem. A survey of more than 2,000 women found that thr...

This Designer Was Accused Of Betraying Plus Size Women

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Style

A plus size designer has faced an online backlash after making a Rihanna-inspired 'cupcake' dress. Alysse Dalessandro, who runs fashion label Ready...

Let's Talk About Skinny-Shaming

Fran Hayden | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Women who don't fall within the 'accepted body image' need to recognise that skinny women, as well as fat women, muscular women, thin women, curvy women - ALL women - are all privy to body images issues.

Beyond the Banter: What Affects Male Body Confidence

Liam Benjamin Preston | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Liam Benjamin Preston

We need to adopt a more positive outlook on how we feel about ourselves and about what we say to others. My challenge to you - tying in with 'The Modern Man-ual' research - is to check out a few of your friends' photos, let them know they are looking good and start spreading the #Ladmiration. You can help us too, ladies!

Lived In: The Skin You're In

Jordan Errington | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jordan Errington

Society and media put a lot of pressure on people to look a certain way, not just to weigh a certain amount, fit into a certain size and wear all the latest trends, the pressure is so deep rooted it affects all aspects of our lives, including how we treat our skin.

A Call For Time Out On Photoshop

Fran Hayden | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Magazines use photoshop and alter images to maintain a quintessential goal for men and women to adhere to, but those who are represented in the media have a luxury that is out of reach to the rest of us.

Adele: 'I Do Have Body Image Problems, But I Don't Let Them Rule My Life'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Adele has never been one to mince her words. Now, the star has spoken candidly about body image, saying that there are bigger things to worry about...

Starting a Body Positive Conversation

Fran Hayden | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

So accustomed are we to talking about ourselves with a razor-sharp tongue that we forget to spare a kind word every now and again. When we speak negatively about ourselves we are only perpetuating an already toxic culture and advocating the negative sense of self that so many of us have come to learn.

#WereNoAngels Campaign Launches Against Victoria's Secret Lingerie Model Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Style

Victoria's Secret: men love it and women - well, they aren't quite sure how they feel about it. Some of us love the body confidence the models exu...

How Can You Help Someone With Low Self-Esteem?

Fran Hayden | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

What can we do as individuals to help improve the self-esteem of those around us? If you see someone or know of someone who is suffering with low self-esteem, here are some things that you can do to help them realise their worth.

'Social Media Isn't Real'. The Teen Instagram Star Who's Telling The Truth Behind Her Perfect Life Pictures

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

From the outside, teenager Essena O'Neill looked like she had it all. Nearly 700,000 instagram followers, a quarter of a million YouTube subscribers, ...

Man vs Nail File

Jinya Mizuno | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jinya Mizuno

We've got to change the beliefs in our heads because they are hurting all of us - men, women and children. Women are not weak. Having feelings is not weak. Being tough is not strong. Using a nail file is perfectly manly, if that is the expression of the man that you are.

Let's Talk About Self-Esteem

Fran Hayden | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Someone that I grew up with recently unearthed a photo of me at 11 years old as she was packing to move, and when she shared it with me, my heart stopped. It stopped because I remembered. I remember how it felt to be the fat friend.

Body Image Affects Children Far Younger Than You Might Expect And It's Boys as Well as Girls

Lydia Gard | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Lydia Gard

Body image isn't just about weight, it's being too short, too tall, too thin. Wearing glasses or having big feet. Anything that doesn't conform to the norm. We need to remind our children that different is good, and that there are more important things to consider at the tender age of five, than how fat you look in a puffer jacket.

'Bearded Lady' Writes Empowering Open Letter To Her Younger Self

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Harnaam Kaur, the inspirational "Bearded Lady" helping to redefine beauty, has penned a touching letter to her younger self. Kaur, who has polycyst...

A Recipe for Body Positivity

Fran Hayden | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Preheat your oven at whatever temperature you like - there is no indefinite gauge for how long your body positivity will take to fully rise. You can turn the heat right up, or allow it to gently simmer away, but keep checking to make sure that it's beginning to grow...