Articles 2014
January 2014 - Ranked Diets of 2014
Its 2014. Once again the need to shed a some weight, lose a few inches, diets and dieting have taken up most of the New Year’s magazines , newspapers, blogs, articles and social media discussion topics. This article will take a close look at the most and least effective diets of 2014, as reported in the US News and World Report magazine.
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February 2014 -  Obesity? Blame Sugar
Sugar is now as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco, claims a group of health experts and academics. Sugar is ‘the devil,’ says Paul McKenna; hypnotherapist and best selling author of I Can Make You THIN. Paul made the statement when he was a guest on the Panel of Channel 5’s Wright Stuff. They say the ‘devil is in the detail’, so lets take a closer look.
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March 2014 - Ideal to Real Body Image Survey
It is normal for individuals to feel good about their appearance one day and negative towards how they look (self perception) the next day. The amount of time someone spends thinking about their appearance varies greatly from person to person. It also varies from one period of time in someone’s life to another, according to what else is going on in the person’s life/mind.
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April 2014 - “It's just as hard to be Ken as it is to be Barbie."
It is not a secret that body image issues are increasing in our appearance based culture. A less well known fact is that body image issues also impinges on males. Daily, via a multitude of avenues, e.g. family members, peers, advertising, celebrity news and the media in general; we are bombarded with images and information showcasing the ‘ideal’ body. The elephant in the room, that most people pay too little attention to, is that the ‘ideal’ is unrealistic and for 99% of the population impossible to attain, maintain and remain healthy.
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May 2014 - Keys to Building Self Confidence
Self confidence is the belief in yourself and your abilities. It encompasses self reliance and self assurance. Self confidence is also closely tied to the degree of importance you place on the outcome. E.g. you can be self confident overall, despite failures in areas that you do not consider important.
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June 2014 - The Media's Effect on Female Perception
This month's article details our interview, in which we answered 7 questions posed by a final year (publishing) student, studying at a London university. Question1: Do you believe women are portrayed in a negative way in print advertising? Answer: I would not say that 'women are portrayed in a negative way'. I think it would be more accurate to say that women are portrayed in a very stereotypical way......
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July 2014 - The Media's Effect on Female Perception
In June, a court in Denmark referred a weight related case to the European Court of Human Rights. They did so in the hope of getting clarification on the question: is obesity a disability (under EU's Employment Equality Directive)?
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August 2014 - Celebrities: Public Property?
Celebrity culture has firmly rooted itself in the psyche of the British public. Many people aspire to be a celebrity or personally associate with one. Failing that, they follow their favourite celebrity’s every move and purchase products and/or services that are endorsed by them.  Despite their fame, fortune (for some) and all the accoutrements that are associated with celebrity status; it should be noted that celebrities do not have it all their way.
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September 2014 - Ugly Fruit and Vegetables
We live in a society that places significant weight on physical appearance. We have observed this phenomena as it applies to human beings; particularly those in or are heavily influenced by Western culture and media.   Less talked about, but no less important is that fruit and vegetables are often selected or rejected, primarily by supermarkets, largely on appearance.
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October 2014 - How Cancer Affects Body Image
Thousands of individuals across the country have or are planning to take part in a Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning. The objective is to collectively raise large amounts of money for the charity....One aspect of cancer, particularly for women is the devastating effect it can have on their sense of femininity, attractiveness and body image.
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November 2014 - Cultural Environment and Body Image
Question: Does a person’s cultural environment affect their body image?  Most people are familiar with the fact that their environment can adversely affect their physical health. These health hazards e.g. air and water pollution, produce negative physical symptoms and ill health.  Less perceptible, but just as important, is the effect that a person’s environment can have on their mental health, body image and in consequence affect their physical health.
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December 1014 - How How Do you Define Yourself - Lizzie Velasquez
At the age of 17, Lizzie Velasquez (now 25) watched an eight second YouTube video that featured her. She watched it in horror, because it described her as the world’s ugliest woman. The video with over 4 million views had attracted thousands of negative mean comments; one of which advised her to ‘do the world a favour’ by putting a gun to her head and killing herself.
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