Women and Body Image

My Bump Is Still Here!

Hayley McLean | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Parents
Hayley McLean

That still-rounded tummy which has housed and nurtured not one but THREE little lives over the past for years is suddenly a source of shame and embarrassment to me once more.

Maybe It's Not Easy Being Thin

Bronte Huskinson | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bronte Huskinson

Our young people need to be taught that when it comes to body shapes, there is no normal. Everyone's body is different. Curves are beautiful, but so are no curves. We need to start accepting that no woman is the same rather than holding one particular body as the desirable one.

Winnie Harlow On Self Love, Bullying And Addressing Beauty Diversity

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Style

Since arriving onto the scene via the model-making machine that is America's Next Top Model, 21-year-old Winnie Harlow could easily have taken every j...

Post-Baby Body Blah

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Fulu

I used to be reasonably fit. I am vegetarian, have practised yoga for over a decade and have always been naturally slim. When I had my first child my body stretched and strained but within six months of a natural birth I returned to a slightly heavier, slightly hippier, saggier-boobed version of myself. But not that dissimilar.

Waist Training Ad Banned For 'Implying Women Should Have A Tiny Waist'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An advertisement for a waist trainer which promises to help women get a "sexy tiny waist" has been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog. The adv...

Why Women's Magazines Need to Be Rewritten

Fran Hayden | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

They need to realise that the messages that they present on the covers of their magazines are seen by everybody - young women do not walk around with blinkers on and there is no age limit to when someone starts feeling self-conscious about their body or when collapse of self-esteem is imminent.

How to Build Someone Else Up, Without Tearing Yourself Down

Fran Hayden | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Society dictates that we shouldn't feel good about ourselves. We are told that we are too much or that we are not enough, we're too big or too small, too loud or too quiet - it is so rare that we are told to exist happily and proudly in our bodies exactly as they are.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An Open Letter to My Bullies

Fran Hayden | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

I refuse to be bullied ever again, I refuse to be put down or told that I'm not good enough. I refuse to be told that I'm unloveable, because I know, no matter what, that I will always without question, love myself.

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...

Body Issues: Obsession, Anxiety and 'Wellness'

Eloise Hendy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Body obsession is contemporary Western culture's default state. When it comes to matters of the flesh it increasingly feels there is no space for neut...

The Invisible Line of Perfection for Women

Tobi Olujinmi | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tobi Olujinmi

After my awkward London underground moment, I picked up my tote bag, stepped off the train and actually felt more confident than before. Yes, I have a lovely bag and yes, my bag was (is) partly filled with junk. That's life, I'm evolving, ever-changing and on my own individual process of perfection; whatever that is.

Why I Hate the Hashtags #FitNotThin and #StrongNotSkinny

Charlotte Thomas | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Thomas

While I get where they're coming from - stop trying to starve yourself to look like *insert name of slender popstar*and focus on having a strong, healthy body instead - why do they have to do it by demonising yet another (often healthy, and often genetic) body type? You wouldn't go round calling people fatty, so why is it okay to comment on them being 'skinny'?

Reflections on Returning Home After Studying Abroad

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

While I was catching up on Made in Chelsea (post-study abroad life) an advert for Wilkinson Sword popped up. It showed a girl talking about jumping in...

Living With Body Dysmorphia

Ashleigh Houlton | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Houlton

From as young as I can remember, I have had issues with my weight and body image. Age 11 and starting secondary school, my life told a totally different story from today. I was petite, with a rather boyish shape, straight up and down; no hips, no bust and no derrière.

Protein World Ad Ruled 'Not Offensive'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's the "body shaming" campaign that caused widespread backlash and disgust. Now the infamous "Are you beach body ready?" advert from Protein Worl...

Vogue Wants You To Cover Up Your 'Ageing Elbows'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Another day, another body part for women to worry over. Once you're done agonising over whether your bum looks too big or your thighs are too wobb...

Blogger Shaves Head For Cancer Awareness To Prove That Bald Is Beautiful

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A positive body image campaigner has shaved her head in the name of cancer awareness. Leyah Shanks, 22, hopes to challenge the stereotypes surround...

Finally, An Underwear Campaign Starring Women Who Look Like Us

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Style

Forget supermodels, it's all about the role models for British lingerie brand Panache who have launched a new campaign celebrating the achievements of...

Girls As Young As Six Are Dieting Over Body Image Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Back in the day, our six-year-old worries were usually centred around what we were having for tea, who our best friend was or how long we could play o...

'Cheeky' Campaign Gives The Middle Finger (Literally) To Negative Body Image

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If negative body image was a person, we'd certainly flip them the bird. Now, a new awareness campaign has launched which encourages people to get i...