Thursday, October 28, 2010

Body image - a medical condition?

Recently Dr Aric Sigman in his article 'A Source Of Thinspiration?' stated that seeing women on screen who are underweight, but perceived as "normal" can be harmful to females of all ages.

He believes the issues is biological and results in females becoming unhappy when they look at countless images of underweight women, that they are confronted with on a daily basis. His studies found "strong and immediate" brain changes in otherwise healthy women, when they are exposed to images of very thin or overweight females.

In the article Dr Sigman argues that the relationship between the media and body image, previously believed to be psychological or cultural; is in fact medical and should be treated as such.

Dr Sigman's findings are certainly thought provoking, however it's still very early days in the research process. We will watch any developments with interest.

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Love your body poster competition

Here are 4 great winning posters from this years 'Love your body' (US) poster competition.

We particularly like Sarah Neuser Eagan's winning entry (category 2 - university and college).

Friday, October 22, 2010

Steroid abuse

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) have asked the government to ban the online imports of anabolic steroids. Their concerns are centred around the growing numbers of teenage boys and young men who are indiscriminately using steroids, for the sole purpose of improving their “body image”. 50,000 people in the past year have used anabolic steroids for non-medical purposes, such as bodybuilding (Guardian Newspaper).

The ACMD were also concerned about the fact that steroids sold online are often contaminated, out of date, or delivered with the wrong dosage instructions. To make matters worse, there are known health issues associated with the consumption of steroids by teens/young adults, that affect normal physical growth.

The government have committed to reviewing the recommendations and will “respond shortly”.

It's clear that body image is no longer a female issue.

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Autumn & winter collections

"It all about sales", admitted Gok Wan on local radio this morning. He continued, "branding makes up about 50% of that, because people buy into the whole package".

As the days get shorter and colder, I'm sure some of you are thinking about getting a new coat or outfit from one of this year's autumn/winter collections.  Speaking personally, I'll be wearing the winter classics that I've collected over the last few years. 

While others worry about wearing the latest fashion "must have", I'll keep my money for the years of austerity ahead; if today's huge budget cuts are are anything to go by.

 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Teen body image issues

 A survey by Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Bliss Magazine of 1,000 girls aged between 12 and 18, found that:

- Two thirds want to lose weight and 63% feel under pressure to change their appearance.
- A fifth of teenage girls in the UK admit they only look at themselves in a mirror if they really have to.
- One tenth said they are considering having plastic surgery when they were older

We can only echo what Una Healy (The Saturdays) said on the subject.

"Be comfortable in your own skin and don't judge your body against what you often see in a magazine - just be comfortable in what you have yourself.... Don't obsess about it as there's so much more to life than image." 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Women to women

Most people assume that women want to be thin so that they can attract men. The evidence suggests that women want to be thin in order to impress other women.  This fact was succinctly expressed in this week Sky 1 programme 'Living with size 0'.

In it a size 0 women, who was thinking of dieting to size 00,  put it like this.   "If you're the skinniest women in the club,,, you think yeah!  I'm the skinniest woman here or the prettiest one....It's not to please men; its almost like a jealousy thing,  to make yourself better than anyone else... all the other girls".

Come on ladies; lets stand together, not in competition with each other.

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ethnicity Interview

In this month's article, we document an in-depth interview with a black 38 year old married mother of two. She was adopted by a white family when she was 4 years old. In this and next months article, she poignantly tells the story of how she came to terms with her ethnicity and true self.

Extract:-

"My colour use to bother me sometimes, because people use to comment about it, especially at school.  At different times I wished that I was white, because I was different and I didn’t want to be different…. I wanted to fit in.

Its a challenge trying to like yourself for who you are, while not always being accepted for who you are....

As I grew older, it got harder, because you become more aware of what’s going on. As you grow up you meet more black people, but you just don’t feel like you fit in.  You look black on the outside, but when they look at you they must know that you’re not really black… You’ve been bought up with a white family and you don’t have a black way of doing things.  It’s really sad......"   Read Full Article

 

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Campaign for body confidence

Here is a great website, the beliefs of which we fully support.
campaignforbodyconfidence.org.uk/

The campaignforbodyconfidence pledge:-

We believe that the pressure to conform to impossible stereotypes is damaging our sense of well-being and leading to increasing unhappiness, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders in women, particularly amongst young people and children and men .... Read More

 

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

We don't shape the media

This is an interesting body image documentary,  that attempts to analyse the statement (philosopher Marshall McLuhan),  "We don't shape the media the media shapes us."