Body Confidence

What's Behind The New Girl Guide Uniform?

The Huffington Post | Tasha Kleeman | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Girlguiding recently commissioned five students from Arts University Bournemouth to design a new uniform for their guides, with the aim of promoting b...

Perfect Body Shape Plan

Realbuzz.com | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Realbuzz.com

While we all come in different sizes and every body is unique, experts have identified four basic body shapes that all women fall into. Body shapes are largely determined by bone structure, genetics and age and, while lifestyle factors make a huge difference to the dimensions of your body, it can be difficult to change your basic shape.

Want To Look And Feel Good? Here's Why We Need To Champion Fitness Over Thinness

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With the rise of social media and selfies, paired with the insatiable appetite for celebrity news and fashion magazines, it’s no wonder that the nat...

Bearded Sikh Woman Proudly Stars In Exhibition Featuring World's Best Beards

Barcroft Media | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new photography exhibition that showcases the world's best beards has been announced and it features a somewhat unlikely subject - a bearded woman. ...

What's Next in Unrealistic Expectations of Women?

Annaliese Watkins | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annaliese Watkins

Today, we're looking at a society of females prepared to go to extreme lengths to comply with the so-called ideal - an ideal which is realistically unobtainable for most. Alba's tight-lacing routine was a response not-only to the pressure desire to achieve an hourglass figure, but also to trim down to her pre-baby weight in record speed.

Four Reasons Why Being a Fashion Model Really Sucks!

Flavilla Fongang | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Flavilla Fongang

Being a model is not generally as dreamy as it may look and only a few actually live the dream. There are four reasons why being a model sucks and why envying a fashion model is completely irrational.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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 01.08.2014 | 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

Realbuzz.com | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Realbuzz.com

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...