Women and Body Image

No, Don't Eat The Cake! Stop Weight Loss Shaming!

Amanda Elias | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

Something I've seen a lot of on the old WWW lately, particularly Instagram, are some posts and images from women who are helping to empower other women by feeling confident in their own skin. This, of course, is marvellous.

Bullied For Being Boobless At Twelve

Larissa Scotting | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Larissa Scotting

It was a joke that stuck around just a bit too long. I remember exactly when it started - that's how much the experience affected me at the time, and ...

How to Boost Sex Drive and Vaginal Lubrication

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

Throughout life, your body goes through many changes... your vagina is no different. Experiences such as puberty, sexual experiences, pregnancy, labou...

'Naked Attraction' or Britain's Newest Demeaning Game Show?

Nell Grecian | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nell Grecian

In a poll held by BuzzFeed, 91 per cent of voters claimed they would never appear on the show. So, comedy value and shock factor? Yes. Educational and romantic television show promoting body confidence? Not so much. It will take a considerable amount more than this particular show to convince me that the best way to look for a partner is by examining their scrotum.

'Finding the New Normal' - Cancer and Body Image

Laura Regan | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Regan

It becomes very easy to be frustrated with your own body, but really, I am proud of my body. I am proud of my body for surviving this. Cancer treatment has put my body through a great amount of stress, but no matter what has been thrown at it, my body has pulled through and has managed to deal with all of it - my body really is amazing..

From Bilateral Mastectomy to Naked Spa!

Mandy Riches | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

I hope through sharing this we can help other women in similar situations. I know I can only speak for myself and I was lucky enough that the nipple-sparing surgery still enabled me to keep some resemblance of what was previously there, but if my experience helps one woman feel slightly better about their future or less scared then I will be happy.

The Hidden Danger of Fake Tan

Amanda Elias | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I'm not saying that everyone should give up their tan, if it's fake, safe and makes you happy then by all means, carry on. The same could be said about things like make-up and hair colour, as long as we explain to our young ones that it's all about creativity and having fun rather than it being a necessity to look good in society, why not. But as influencers to younger people I do feel we should be conscious of our actions.

Get Beach Body Ready

Hattie Harrison | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hattie Harrison

This is a VERY important post to remind you that if you haven't already started getting thinner/browner/sexier then it is time to START. The weather is getting warmer and your body must be PERFECT in order for you to expose any part of it. Exfoliate, moisturise and per-fect lady. It's time to get beach body ready.

Fighting Diet Culture With Body Positivity

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

As a nutritionist I feel pressure to look a certain way, and because I don't look like Deliciously Ella or the Helmsley Sisters, I rarely show pictures of my body on my website or Instagram (just the odd head shot).

I'm So Vain - Body Image after Cancer

Penny Rutterford | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Rutterford

It is now over a year since I completed what is termed "active treatment". Now I hate to seem ungrateful but however delighted I am to be alive, I would still welcome a head of hair without a bald patch, eyebrows that do not need drawing on each day and eyelashes that reach a lash count in excess of ten.

Body Shaming 101 - As Long As You're A Woman, You Don't Own Your Body

Tasha Okeke | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

It's an daily challenge. It's constant questioning. Is my dress too tight? Is my bra showing? Is my skirt too short? How can you not feel shamed about your own natural anatomy when society propels standards that make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

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 21.10.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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...