Men have no problem with the shopping process. They call it nature's way to sowing their seeds before any possibility of settling down occurs. Alas, the better looking they are, the smarter and better their financial position, the less likely they are to entertain the notion of settling down.
From the age of 14, when my breasts started to rapidly develop overnight, shopping became more of a monthly chore than an addictive pleasure. I quickly realised I was no longer able to buy clothes for a girl my age as sixteen year olds aren't meant to have boobs as big as your buxom granny's.
As a nation, we are unhealthy. We could take our pick from hundreds of statistics to illustrate this: that one in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure, that only 1 in 10 children eats the recommended '5 a day', that a quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese.
These are awkward situations at the best of times, but at least I was looking sharp. Or so I thought. "You're going grey!" she squawked, triumphantly, before I'd even had a chance to recount how well I was doing and how it had all weirdly coincided with us parting ways.
What a waste of a life. All those highs and lows. All those start again Mondays, and "Damn, I've blown it now" moments. Where in this NHS plan is there a mention of health and happiness, or dealing with the psychological side of weight gain, where does it mention being active and learning to love physical activity?
Renee Zellweger, for me, has always been a woman I thought of as beautiful, but with wholesome 'could-be-a-lady-who-lives-down-the-road' looks rather than the unachievable, intimidating Hollywood look. In the photos that emerged yesterday she is still stunning, she's just different...
Body Modification is a process whereby people undergo some pretty extreme modifications to their bodies such as horn shaped implants to the forehead and multiple piercings to various parts of the body including genitalia and orifices.
87% of girls aged 11-21 believe that they are judged more on their looks than their ability. It's an unbelievable figure - but you can see why girls think this way. The belief that they don't look good enough and that they are judged most on how good they look is preventing girls from putting their hands up and saying 'I can do anything I want to do'
We see it every single day of our lives, size 0 models, perfect skinned 6ft men and how to look fashionable enough to be on the pages of Elle.
The evidence is clear. Low body confidence is a significant public health and social issue requiring our attention. The classroom provides an excellent opportunity to promote healthy body image. It's where we can reach most teenagers and enlist the help of their teachers, who are well placed to support them when armed with the right body confidence tools and training.
My son found a lump in my breast when he was just three years old. He kept coming to me and putting his head on my right breast and stroking it. I kept thinking, 'What are you doing?' I had a look at my breast, thinking maybe it was something pre-menstrual. I was fit and healthy with no history of breast cancer. I was floored when I was given a breast cancer diagnosis.
I struggled for years, losing and gaining weight, and then losing self respect and gaining a hatred towards myself. Taping my body with duct tape and later tearing my skin pulling it off. Even making myself sick after meals, I know it was wrong but I wanted that awesome body!
Women come in all shapes and sizes. None is more 'womanly' than any other, and this is particularly true of our breasts - yet breast augmentation (enlargement or implants), is one of the most popular surgical procedures requested by women today.
Apparently, we see 1500 advertisements a day featuring people whose body shape in no way represents our own. This make us feel inferior. On a daily basis, we think we're failing to look as we should. And this does not make us feel good. It's not a trivial issue. If we feel bad about how we look, we make bad choices about our health; we are more likely to be depressed.
'Throw up your hands if you love a big booty' JLo is singing and Iggy Azalea my fave Ozzie Fauxmerican is joining her. Writhing around in their knickers, they are proudly displaying their butt cheeks to the world. I don't know when we became so obsessed with bums, but I can honestly say, it has changed my life.
A short one this week and more of a heads-up to look out for my new favourite, ad. From the clearly very lovely, people at Dove.