Body Image

Millions of Sandras and Paulines exist. They show that obesity related illnesses are not related to obesity at all but to lifestyle and more specifically to pressure to be thin and dieting! So why is our Government advising us that obesity causes disease and advising weight loss and dieting, the real causes of these diseases?
On Monday at the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Causes and Consequences of Body Image Anxiety in the UK, the media were on the stand. Hardly anyone from the media would give evidence - mainly because editors and publishers know the causes and consequences of body image anxiety and no one wants to admit their part in it.
I will never forget seeing a very short but very powerful film featuring a young girl being assailed with hundreds of images of physical perfection. As she stands, overwhelmed by idealised bodies and perfectly constructed faces, the tag line appears on the screen: talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.
A young female rioter famously told a BBC cameraman at the time "we want to show what we can do", which is of course a euphemism for 'look at us!'. The message was clear - we'd made Britain's teenagers feel undervalued for far too long and now we were in the midst of their collective temper tantrum.
Loving your body, be you man or woman, should be intrinsic. Loving your body shouldn't be split by those who have the perfect curves and those who don't. Take note Ulrika Jonsson.
Ladies: it's time to put down those sparkly shoes and pick up your shields, for the battle of the body types rages on and you've simply got to choose a size, sorry, side. No, no - no dithering. You're either one or the other and before you starting rambling on about 'healthy body image' just shut it.
Barbie doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So when a company is selling thousands of dolls a week, do we continue to embrace it while trying to change its culture, or completely ignore it? I can't decide.
You may have noticed the New Year's resolute jogging on the street or heading to the gym in the first week of 2012. I don't
This week gives us two different celebrity mums with differing body images stories that we can learn one message from - all women regardless of their size, experience criticism of their bodies not only from the media, but from themselves.
If there's one thing you're going to need as a gay man, it's a body. You can try telling me different, but nine times out of 10 you're not going to get much interest from another gay man just because you look as if you read a lot of books.