August 09 - The Link Between Obese Children
A study of 226 families by Plymouth's Peninsula
Medical School found that:-
1 Obese mothers are 10 times more likely to have
2 Overweight fathers are six times more likely
to have obese sons.
July 09 - Bodies by Susie Orbach
“The notion of the empowered consumer along
with the workings of the diet, pharmaceutical, food cosmetic surgery, and style
industries have made us view or bodies as something we can and should perfect.
... Something new is happening ... The body is turning from a means of
production to the product itself” (Bodies ©
June 09 - Body Image and False
Buddhists claim that all suffering stems from
false expectations. Extrapolating this statement, we can surmise that
setting unrealistic expectations of our physical appearance, expectation which are invariably based on
media images and social norms, will result in failure and suffering.
May 09 - Judging Others by Their
Episode one of this years Britain’s
Got Talent catapulted hitherto unknown scot Susan Boyle into the
public spotlight. When Susan, looking undistinguished, middle
aged and plain with unfashionable hair, dowdy dress and bushy
eyebrows, stepped onto the stage, it was easy to see that the public
and judges alike had decided there was zero chance of her having any
talent. Judging her purely on appearance, they found her dreams to
be like Elaine Page laughable.
April 09 - The Media and Subliminal
the last ten years,
the media has changed beyond recognition, from what it was when I was a
majority of the
when broadcasted to the very young,
March 09 - Ten Years Younger
At the end of last year it was reported that 37
year old Nicky Hambleton-Jones had left the program 10 Years Younger “to pursue other
interests." Shortly after the announcement, we learned from Nicky
herself that she had actually been dismissed in favour of Myleene Klass. Myleene is 7
years her junior and lacks Nicky's wealth of experience of the beauty and fashion
industries. Full Article
February 2009 - Obama's Physique
On January 20th Barack Obama became
the 44th US
president. In this article we will not be looking at the historic event that saw
the first black president enter the White House. Nor will we discuss the dire
economical crises that he and other world leaders are trying to alleviate.
Instead, we will look at the growing media obsession with Obama's physique.
January 2009 -
It’s the time of year when everyone mentally says
goodbye to 2008 and start speculating on what the year ahead may bring.
Here is our Wish List
December 209 -
Age Before Beauty
world doesn’t do old and ugly"
- The recent ITV
Tonight program ‘Age before beauty’
filled me with sadness.
The programs aim
was to shed light on the
body image and self esteem levels of the average
women living in celebrity
November 2009 - Body Image Interview
A 41 year old married mother of three.
What would you
if I said
- Answer: Mine is
negative, I don’t like the way I look. I’m plain. I’ve gained weight and
I feel frumpy.
October 2009 -
The Beauty of Imperfection
Glamour magazines publication of the image of
20-year model Lizzie Miller last month was, consciously or otherwise,
a PR triumph that undoubtedly caused much excitement and controversy.
The image, depicted the almost nude (tasteful profile), laughing,
attractive, confident, plus size model, complete with a noticeable
stomach paunch. Full Article
September 09 - Should happiness be taught in
- An interesting education focused debate took
place earlier this year. The discussion was on whether or not ‘happiness’ should
be taught in our educational institutions. We found the debate interesting
because self/body acceptance and happiness are strongly promoted by our site.