Body image: How we think and feel about our bodies
Release date: 13 May 2019
Our latest body image research, released during Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.
New data on the extent of body image concerns across the UK, how body image impacts mental health, plus practical steps we can take as a nation, all wrapped up in this easy to read summary of the research.
What exactly is body image? How comfortable are we in our bodies? We begin to unravel the complex and very personal experience of body image.
With new, unprecedented pressures facing this generation, we unpack how social media, family and friends can all play a role in how children think and feel about their bodies.
Advertising, relationships, the workplace and changes during pregnancy can continue to affect the way we see ourselves as adults.
Body image concerns are not exclusive to young people. A lifetime of experiences as well as ageing, retirement and loss can all contribute to our body image in later life.
Physical health conditions such as cancer and chronic pain can all change the way we relate to our bodies as well as living with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
We look at how body image can vary across different ethnic backgrounds, cultural influences on body satisfaction, and the limitations of body image research in this area.
We explore how body image differs across the LGBT community and highlight the impacts of stigma and discrimination.
Everyone has a right to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, We cover the ways we can all take action to foster a more inclusive and accepting environment.
We set out our priorities for regulation, policy and practice. This includes calling for diversity in media, training for healthcare professionals, compassionate and timely support for those in distress and better education and media literacy in schools.
Actions we can take to improve how we feel about our bodies and help us to protect, promote and maintain a positive body image throughout our lives.