Women and Body Image

The Enlightenment

Lisa Edwards | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I looked at the Page 3 girls and hoped I'd look like Linda Lusardi when I was older. I blushed when various family members and friends would comment on my body - no part of it was left unscrutinised by the people that surrounded me, male and female. I'd say that started around the age of eight.

The Epiphany

Lisa Edwards | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

Women I consider to be incredible in their personal and professional lives have admitted to me that they're following some kind of mega-control diet like I was, like not eating in the daytime, or restricting their daily calorie intake to near-starvation levels. Why?

Guy Recreates Pop Diva Photoshoots On Instagram And It's Brilliant

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most Instagram profiles boast a combination of selfies, scenery and, um, whatever's for lunch juxtaposed next to a bunch of flowers. And then ther...

What Victoria's Secret and Meghan Trainor Are Trying to Tell You About Your Body

Ellen Stewart | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Stewart

Guess what girls? Your body is disgusting. If you're bigger than a size 12 you're disgusting. If you're smaller than a size 12 you're disgusting. And just who's decided you're disgusting? Your fellow women, of course.

The F Word: Emma Watson and the Aftermath

Rae Mullins | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

Emma's set out the direction we need to head in, but in order to genuinely permeate our society's consciousness on the gender issue for good, we need to re-tune our media's frame of reference. Just think how many girls came to know of Emma's addressing the UN via an article dominated by images of her outfit...

We Need to Stop Thinking of Women in Terms of Body Parts

Pennie Varvarides | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pennie Varvarides

I tend to get one of two responses when I mention wanting bigger muscles: a) 'I don't like girls with muscles' or b) 'but you'll look like a man'. The first comment suggests that my body exists solely for the viewing pleasure of that person, the second: that women are supposed to conform to certain socially constructed ideals...

What's Next in Unrealistic Expectations of Women?

Annaliese Watkins | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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.

Eating Wasn't 'Easy'

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Hurst

One minute I was starving, the next binging, the next starving. I dieted, took pills, liquids, potions and lotions, I even turned to hours of exercise after I ate, like, anything. Then one day it happened. I put my hands up in the air and decided enough was enough.

Measurements Are Precise, But Why Is the Subject of Weight Abstract?

Therese Reyes | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Therese Reyes

It's inspiring to know that the media has taken measures to promote different body types but that doesn't necessarily make it easier. Often times, these attempts still seem like gimmicks, making the average sized woman feel even more like a sore thumb.

Who Knew Spelling Out The Alphabet With Hair Could Be So Elegant?

Barcroft Media | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A real-life Rapunzel uses her flowing locks to spell out the Roman alphabet in ornate lowercase letters. Designer Shurong Diao, 24, decided to disp...

So Much More Than Sexy

Olivia Murphy | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Murphy

Why is the idea of a real life female nude so shocking to people, if the unclothed female is, on the face of it, a pretty run-of-the-mill phenomenon for us here? Surely the nude female body is so overexposed that a prospect of yet another should elicit no more than a mild expression of interest.

Plastic Surgery Trend: TV Presenter Has Jaw Surgery For Heart-Shaped Face

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Meet the latest face of South Korea's rising cosmetic surgery trend: an unnamed woman whose quest for a heart-shaped face is making headlines worldwid...

The Botox and Barbie Collision

The Mac Twins | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Society, I'm only just enjoying the fact I now have cheekbones and my cheek fat has gone down from hamster to gerbil...please stop pressuring me into pumping and plumping them up again! My bank statement shows I'm still youthful and reckless enough!

Twenty-Five Ways to Find Self-Acceptance

Annie Ashdown | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

OK, so be honest, do you accept yourself exactly as you are right now? Did you parents convey to you constantly that you were acceptable just as you were and that it was okay to make mistakes and get things wrong?

On the Body Positive Argument for Page 3

Samara Jundi | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Samara Jundi

Page 3 may be liberating for the models themselves, but the messages it sends out are oppressive: attractive women are thin, white, feminine and young, and women themselves are simply sexual objects. For that reason I fail to see why this feature should remain in the UK's biggest-selling newspaper where soft pornography should not even be present, unless the feature is altered to become representative of all - and I mean all - women and a male version is created.

Beyond the Paleo

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

I was drawn to this way of eating because grains were the basis of my meals; lunches were a sandwich, quick easy dinner was microwave brown rice and a stir fry and Paleo seemed to be a good way of consciously increasing veg and reducing grains and sugar in my diet.

The Pink Fog: Why Breast Cancer Care Is Changing

Jane Hinnrichs | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Hinnrichs

This year Breast Cancer Care celebrates its 40th anniversary. And it is still the only specialist breast cancer support charity across the UK. In the last 40 years the incidence of breast cancer has risen by 70%. Each year 55,000 women are now diagnosed with this disease in the UK.

The Life Of A Surgery Addict Is Anything But Glamorous

Barcroft Media | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Plastic surgery addict Monique Allen, 58, was left disabled and disfigured after almost 100 unregulated cosmetic procedures. The retired government...

LOOK: Porn Stars Without Make-Up

Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When make-up artist Melissa Murphy released her first batch of photos featuring cosmetic-free porn models, she was not prepared for the reaction. ...

Dramatic Rise In Men Diagnosed With Eating Disorders

PA | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of men diagnosed with eating disorders in the last decade, research suggests. The number of men who ar...

I'm Fat, and Still Get Laid

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

As a woman who has conducted a very scientific research project into the inner psyche of sexually active blokes (i.e. has shagged around a bit) I say, with the sort of confidence normally reserved for Adele when she's telling Karl Lagerfeld to do one, that no man has ever seen me in a thong and then changed his mind about putting his willy inside of me. Never.

TOWIE Stars Blamed For Trivialising Cosmetic Surgery

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The "booming" cosmetic surgery industry has become an "everyday product" because of programmes such as The Only Way Is Essex, health officials said. ...

Five Clichéd Life Lessons I Learned Yesterday at All-You-Can-Eat Brunch

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Laura Jane Williams

Food gives me the kind of life-affirming pleasure nothing else can. Case in point: breakfast. Herein, then, lie five clichéd life lessons as learned at the ultimate greedy gastronomic hedonist's feast known as All-You-Can-Eat Brunch.

One In Fourteen Women Have An Eating Disorder During Pregnancy

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

One in 14 women have an eating disorder in the first three months of their pregnancy, according to research published on Monday. A survey of more t...

Achieving Milestones in the Body Image Battle

Mayowa Anthea Adebiyi | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mayowa Anthea Adebiyi

According to a parliamentary report published last year, girls as young as five routinely worry about their weight and appearance while more than 50% of the entire UK population is struggling with mental and physical problems as a result of negative body image.