Articles 2016
January 2016 - Self Criticism
Looking at the results of a recent Weight Watcher’s survey, it’s clear that few (if any) body image issues have gone way. In some respects e.g. the pressures associated with the overabundance of media images (traditional and social) seem to have made things worse.
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February 2016 - How To Achieve Your New Year Resolutions
It’s February and by now a significant number of people have allowed their New Year’s resolutions to fall by the wayside.
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March 2016 - UK's Unhappy Children
A survey of 16 countries (17,000 children aged 8 in 16 : 990 from the UK) has found that the UK's 8 year olds are among the unhappiest; children in Romania are the happiest. Foremost concerns included body image and issues related to school.
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April 2016 - Look closer, see ME!
We live in a society where youth is highly valued, in contrast aging and old age itself is resisted by individuals (health & beauty products and cosmetic procedures) and the elderly are often undervalued and overlooked.
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May 2016 - Helping Pupils Manage Stress
A survey of 400 members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has found that almost 50% of their members believe that stress has caused pupils in their classroom to self-harm. 20% have stated that stressed pupils have attempted suicide. 89% cite testing as a major contributor to school related stress while social media was named as a stress factor that has it origins outside of the school gate.
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June 2016 - My Perfect Body
The BBc’s Welshteens documentary My Perfect Body eloquently detailed an attention grabbing commentary on body image issues. The programme focused on the experiences of teenagers one of whom was 18-year-old Jordan, whose body image issues grew over time until it morphed into body dysmorphic disorder.
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July 2016 - Face and Confidence
Recently, I was reminded how changes to a person’s physical appearance can greatly damage or enhance their self confidence and body image. A person’s physical appearance, particularly if it affects the face as it is the first thing people see, can also advance or disrupt plans such as their career and relationship aspirations. Channel 4’s ‘Never seen a doctor’ highlighted two people whose appearance perfectly demonstrated this fact.
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August 2016 - Big Feet to Small Feet
Over the years we have seen many individuals who spend a lot of time on their appearance. In addition to time, some people spend a lot of energy and money in order to achieve the look they desire. While most individuals beauty/perfection efforts fall into the ‘normal’ range; some people go further and a small minority go to extreme lengths. Rarely do we encounter someone who knowingly has and continues to do something that causes pain and physical injury (self harm); Ryan falls into this category.
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September 2016 - Skin Lightening - Western Beauty Ideals
The colour of your skin is closely associated with cultural beauty norms. The influence of Western beauty ideals, that promotes and repeatedly reinforces white or light skin, Caucasian features (straight hair/nose and round eyes) dominate the developed (and increasingly the developing) world.
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October 2016 - Skin Lightening - Western Beauty Ideals
More and more teenage boys are taking up bodybuilding. The question, that we will discuss and propose some possible answers to, is why? Psychologists have suggested that the reason teen boys regularly visit the gym is that: they enjoy structure and routine, want to look more manly and  they are trying to keep up with their peers.
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November 2016 - Skin Lightening - Obese & Smokers Surgery Ban
Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced that it will impose a six months ban on surgery for smokers and obese (BMI over 30) patients. peers.
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December 2016 - Binge Eating
Last month Channel 5 broadcasted ‘Me and my eating disorder,’ detailing six individual’s struggle with eating disorders. This article recount’s the experience of Cheryl (28) and Adam (34) who both suffered from binge eating.
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