Body image - how we think and feel about our bodies

In this episode we talk about body image, shame and mental health.

Frances Shilito, a make-up artist to the stars and eating disorders advisor discusses her experience of negative body image, anxiety and what society needs to do to reduce pressures put on young people today. Our expert Antonis Kousoulis will then discuss the findings of our UK wide ‘Body image survey and report’.

Danny Bowman then talks about his own experience of body image issues, shame and how this manifested in an obsession with selfies and poor mental health. Our expert Jane Caro then explains what shame is and why it can impact our mental health.

We finish the episode with a chat between two friends at the Mental Health Foundation; Linda and Bethan, who discuss practical ways to improve how you think and feel about your body.

(Apologies for the fuzzy background, we are working on the sound)​


If you need someone to talk to then Samaritans are available on 116 123 (UK) for free, 24/7. They are there to talk to, listen and they won't judge or tell you what to do.

If you want to speak to a trained eating disorder helpline support worker, then you can call the Beat helpline on 0808 801 0711 (UK). They are open 365 days of the year: 12pm to 6pm Monday to Friday and 4pm to 8pm weekends and bank holidays.

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