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Topical Story: Body Image
One of the excellent presentations I heard at the FHT Conference at the end of last year focused on this topic. The statistics are alarming, as this graphic illustration above demonstrates.
Dr Fiona Holland, Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Behaviour Change, University of Derby presented these figures, which are all UK based research. (All the research references available from me on request):
1 One in six GCSE students avoided going to school because they felt bad about their appearance (can lead to academic
2 The number of cosmetic procedures performed in the UK has quadrupled in the last decade
3 Around 4,500 teenage girls a year develop an eating disorder in the UK
54.1% women and 23.7% men feel depressed about their bodies.
4 One quarter of girls and one half of women compared themselves unfavourably to people on television.
5 One third of girls (35.2%) and 30% of women said they would like their bodies to look like the models that appear in magazines
6 Steroid based protein supplements have increased by 50%
Body Image has been defined as follows:
'A person’s perceptions, thoughts and feelings about their body' (Grogan, 2008)
'A psychological phenomenon that is significantly affected by social (e.g. the cultural milieu) and environmental (e.g. advertising) factors.' (Hogg and Fragou, 2003)
Dr Holland explored the variety of internal and external factors behind our perception of our bodies:
>B>The Media: (Gonzalez et al., 2013; Groesz et al., 2002; Ferguson et al., 2011),
Parents: (Stice et al., 1999; Unikel et al.,2013)
Peers: (Clark and Tiggemann, 2006; Wasylkiw and Butler,2014)
Negative body image linked to higher levels of neuroticism in men and women, and lower levels of conscientiousness (Allen and Walter, 2016)
Quote of the Month
Today I asked my body what she needed,
which is a big deal
considering my journey of
not really asking that much.
I thought she might need more water.
But as I stood in the shower
reflecting on her stretch marks,
Her roundness where I would like flatness,
Her softness where I would prefer firmness,
All those conditioned wishes
that form a bundle of
She whispered very gently:
Could you just love me like this?”
Hollie Holden Poem 2018