Articles 2012
December 2012 - Female athletes - body beautiful?
Last Month, BBC Radio 5 live broadcasted a ‘Body Beautiful’ themed programme. The programme deliberated on the body related criticisms that some British female Olympic athletes received during the games.
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November 2012 - Celebrity And Public Role Models
Do celebrities, public and community figures have a social obligation to represent and promote a healthy lifestyle? The exchange and discussion below highlights both sides of the argument.
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October 2012 - Natural Women Versus Professional Models
In September, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme discussed the German magazine  Brigitte decision to reverse their policy to use real people rather than professional models.
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September 2012 - Talking To Children About Weight
Recently, during a weight related conversation with my ten year old daughter, I found myself choosing my words carefully.
“Why has he got more biscuits than me”, my daughter grumbled. “He’s got three and I’ve only got two. It’s not fair”.
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August 2012 - Salons That Cater For All Hair Types
Recently Under Cover Boss (Channel 4), highlighted the issue that non ethic salons are unable to cater for Afro Caribbean hair.  The program centred on hair dressing chain Francesco Group, the 5th largest hair dressing group in the UK.   Francesco has 32 franchised salons and 3 training academies. The company want national recognition and aim to become number one. 
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July 2012 -  Life or Death: The Right to Choose
In June, the issue of an individual’s right to choose whether they live or die, was widely discussed when two cases ended up in court and in the headlines.
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June 2012 - Discussing Low Self Esteem
This month’s article contains an excerpt from a recent discussion I had with a 21 year old final year university student. In the interview she details how the pressures of her course has caused past insecurities associated with being bullied and low self esteem to resurface.
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May 2012 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a combination of cognitive and behavioural therapies. They are often used together because thoughts determine what a person believes. These underlying beliefs are in turn reflected by their behaviour. It is founded on the concept that behaviour is learnt and can be unlearnt. E.g. CBT counsellors will try to address both thoughts and associated to damaging behaviours such as eating disorders.
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April 2012 - Reducing Calorie Consumption
“I think I’ll have a milk shake”, said my daughter scanning the Pizza Hut menu. I thought nothing else about the statement and continued reading my own menu, in a bid to decide what I wanted. Moments later, I was startled out of contemplation by my daughters shocked screech.
“I’m not having that”, she said, “its 490 calories. That’s loads”! 
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March 2012 - Black Women's Conception of Beauty
A Washington Post and the Kaiser Family study has found that black women are happier with their body image and had noticeably higher levels of self esteem than white women. They found that 41% of white women loved their bodies, compared to 66% of black women. This was true, despite the fact that the black women were often overweight /weighed more than their white counterparts.
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February 2012 - PIP and Cosmetic Surgery
Approximately 40,000 women in the UK have Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) breast implants. 95% were obtained through private clinics. The NHS have pledged to removed and replaced free of charge, PIP implants that they supplied, due to the fact that the implants were filled with industrial, rather than medical grade silicone.
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January 2012 - The pressure to be thin
Is society putting too much 'body image' related pressure on children? In recent years two hundred 5-9 year olds have been hospitalised and treated for eating disorders. Since 2003 there has been an 80% rise in the numbers of girls, aged 16 and under, diagnosed with bulimia.
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