Body image stories
Body image has a direct relevance to everyone reading this. All of us live with our bodies as they evolve and change. Just as all of us have a role in shaping an inclusive culture where we help others feel comfortable in their own skin. Read our powerful stories about body image and mental health from our brave supporters.
Justyn's story: finding power and beauty in my body and scars
Justyn had an accident when he was one which left him with third degree burns. Justyn and his family didn't receive any after care for their mental health which left him struggling with how he thought and felt about his body. Today he now sees power and beauty in his story.
Danny's story: a fixation on body image and deep feelings of shame
Danny talks to us about how a fixation on body image negatively impacted his mental health leading to deep feelings of shame and a diagnosis of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Frances' story: how I think and feel about my body
Frances talks to us about the way she thinks and feels about her body and how this impacts her mental health. Feeling comfortable in her own skin is something that she rarely feels but has learnt to allow herself to do.
Lucy's story: confident and comfortable
Lucy talks to us about what it is like to be a teenager today and talk about body image. She doesn’t find it easy to put down on paper what she feels in her head about the image she has of her body.
Iain's story: the pressure to look a certain way
Iain was about 15 when he first started to notice a pressure to look a certain way, this led him to start comparing himself against his peers at school and had a negative impact on his mental health.
Rachael's story: I've always been curvy and felt a bit different
Rachael has always been curvy and felt a bit different. Moving into her 30s she is starting to feel more comfortable in her own skin and wants to spread the message that it is important to unlearn the negative things we were taught about body image and to move towards self-love.
Paul's story: feelings about my body image are a 'work in progress'
Paul has found it harder to talk about his body as a man, he has found his confidence has been impacted by things such as work stresses, becoming a father and societies pressures,
Katie's story: body image after pregnancy
Katie found it hard when her body started to change during pregnancy and a traumatic birth saw her struggling to accept the amount of time it took to get back to 'normal' physically. However, after a few months she found she emerged with a new sense of pride and identity in her new body as a mum.
Kerry's story: I constantly battle with my body image
Kerry feels like she constantly battles with her body image. In this blog she talks to us about how things such as social media, advertising and becoming a parent has impacted how she thinks and feels about her body.