Body image - how we think and feel about our bodies

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Season 2, episode 4:

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, and anxiety and what society needs to do to reduce the 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 experience of body image issues and shame and how this manifested in an obsession with selfies and poor mental health. Our expert Jane Caro then explains shame and its impact on our mental health.

We finish the episode with a chat between two friends at the Mental Health Foundation; Linda and Bethan 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 and listen to, and they won't judge or tell you what to do.

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

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