Body Confidence

Five Ways to Change the Media You're Exposed To!

Debz Aiken | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debz Aiken

The media we're all force fed through newspapers and magazines is damaging - they want us to hate our bodies. 5 ways to change this and help yourself see the world through new eyes.

Poorna Bell

Why These Women Are Refusing To Wax Or Shave Their Legs | Poorna Bell | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

First came the armpit hair rebellion, followed by the bush administration against bikini waxing and now there is...the Hairy Legs Club Movement which ...

Meet The One-Armed Beauty Queen Who Is Raising Awareness For Disability

Barcroft Media | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A beauty queen with one arm is using her title to raise awareness of disability. Nicole Kelly beat off hundreds of rivals to take the Miss Iowa 201...

Let's Stop Disguising Body Image Prejudice as 'Concern For Wellbeing'

Natasha Devon | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Devon

Making huge, sweeping generalisations about the particulars of a person's lifestyle based on how they look is not only fist-gnawingly unfair, it's preventing overweight people from getting the medical care they need and deserve (and it's keeping the Daily Mail in business).

Why Curvy Girls Have Better Sex

Katy Horwood | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

It's not being fat or thin that gets people laid, it's believing they can and knowing they are sexy. Sexiness isn't about counting calories and constant self-doubt it is about self belief and sometimes saying, 'Sod the diet, give me wine! Give me cheese! Give me chocolate!'

Why It's High Time That Beauty Means More Than What You Look Like

BritChick Paris | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

We have come to directly associate beauty with appearance over time, so that now no one would use the word to praise somebody's personality. Maybe that is the starting point, each of us this week need to use the word when talking about something non physical. We need to reclaim the word, something marvellous, amazing, outstanding. We need to close our eyes and see the beauty. ‎

21st Century Britain: Are Men More Body Anxious Than Women?

Sam Thomas | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Traditionally body image hang-ups have been widely accepted as something of a 'women's problem.' However, over the past decade, there has been a growing trend of men becoming increasingly body anxious and insecure.

This Proves There Is No Such Thing As A 'Bikini Body'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle we've banned the phrase bikini body - not only does the gender-specific term suggest that we should only focus on fitnes...

Can We Please Stop With This Bikini Body B*llocks?

Poorna Bell | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

This fairly harmless impulse to look good has been leapt upon by diet companies and magazines as some annual ritual, as if getting in shape or being healthy the rest of the year matters not. My key gripe, is that it sums up the biggest problem with exercise and diet: that it is primarily to lose weight.

Seven Steps for Instant Confidence | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Let's face it, shuffling through life feeling shy, awkward and out-of-place is no fun. Although confidence does not necessarily mean you are an outgoing and bubbly person, it does mean that you feel self-assured and happy with who you are. It can also help to improve your life on many levels.

Viva la Padding!

Sadie Brown | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

What goes on underneath our clothes is for us to know and feel good about, or at least secure about. I think a little role-play with whatever tools we have is a must, and it just so happens than lingerie can be the perfect partner to enhance our femininity at will.

Does Page 3 Increase Women's Awareness of Their Own breasts?

Lisa Clarke | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Lisa Clarke

Page 3 is not about breast cancer awareness, it is soft-pornography, and the evidence would suggest that it has no place either in body confidence or in health promotion.

'A Fat Girl Dancing' Star Talks Body Image

Barcroft Media | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Dancer Whitney Thore became an online star after clips of her dancing energetically in a video titled 'A Fat Girl Dancing' went viral. The 25 ston...

Poorna Bell

Girl Guides And Dove Team Up To Tackle Body Confidence Among Young Women | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We were starting to get a little worried about Dove - although we loved their Real Women campaign when it came out, what has followed since are slight...

Bikini Season: Five Reasons Why This Term Sucks When You're a Woman

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

It's barely spring and already I've started getting emails about summer - or should I say 'bikini season'. Here's fair warning: anyone who pings me a message with those two words in the subject line should expect an instant redirect to the trash folder. I hate the term - am completely sick of it - and here's why.

Barbie To Appear On Sports Illustrated Magazine Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

"The doll that started it all," reads the strapline of the Sports Illustrated cover featuring Barbie, marking the start of Mattel's Unapologetic campa...

No Wonder We're Obsessed With Weight Loss!

Abi S. Wright | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

On typing 'anorexia' into Google, the third predictive suggestion that comes up is 'anorexia tips'; I don't think it is a weight problem that we have, I think it is a deeply ingrained social one that is having a devastating effect on national health.

Should Barbie Get a Plus Size Make Over?

Rivkie Baum | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rivkie Baum

The question should have been... Does Barbie need to gain some more realistic measurements? Instead what we have is shock and shame tactics, that use a caricature image to represent a plus size woman that is already marginalised and ridiculed by the media and once again opens the industry up to mockery. Essentially what we're left with is one extreme to another.

Is Joining the Gym Really Going to Help Your Love Life?

Brett Harding | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Recent studies suggest that joining to the gym and working to keep fit may not be as useful for your love life as you think - and in many relationships, the couples are happier when they are not worrying about their weight...

Brogan Driscoll

Whether Plus Size, Skinny Or In Between - We Are All Real Women | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

According to the fashion and media powers that be, there are two types of women in this world: the super slim and the super size. The former cut a ...

Pressures on Teenage Girls to Join the 'In Crowd"

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicci Roscoe

Surely we can't all be expected to look like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. Girls approaching their teenage years are becoming more vulnerable to outside influences and obsessive about their looks.

The Soft Body Is on the Rise!

Michael Edmondstone | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Edmondstone

The results of this survey shed a little optimism on all the gloom. They suggest that women generally have a healthy view of beauty and don't aspire to the super-slimline frames that verge on the unhealthy.

I'm a Real Woman, Too

Emma J Brooke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma J Brooke

I am naturally a slim, size 8. Well, here's the truth. I didn't feel beautiful, when one of the boys I had a crush on at school ran up and asked me if I was anorexic in front of his friends. I didn't feel sexy when a group of builders drove past in a white van, shouting at me to eat some food.

Transgender Model Achieves Her Dream Of Modelling At LFW

SWNS | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A model who was teased as 'Glenda the bender' has achieved her dream of modelling at London Fashion Week. She looks amazing, don't you think? ...

Are Curvy Women Becoming More Comfortable With Themselves?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When Models 1, one of the country's leading modelling agencies launched its first plus-size modelling competition, it seemed as if it was yet another ...