The body of public opinion: attitudes to body image in the UK
Celebrities, gossip magazines, advertisers, and the fashion and fitness industries – all stand accused of an over-reliance on promoting a body ‘ideal’ which is either unrealistic or unattainable for over 95% of the population. The adulation of certain body types can make many of us feel insecure with who we are and have some damaging consequences:
- Undermining our self-esteem and confidence
- Leading to bullying and social exclusion
- Responsible for disordered eating habits:
- One in four of us are on a diet at any one time
- Eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are at an all time high
- Discouraging some from participating in activities which can be good for their health (e.g. sports and exercise) because they don’t feel like they belong.
What do the public think?
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