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Disclaimers For Digital Altering do Nothing For Our Wellbeing

The Royal Society for Public Health has suggested that disclaimer labels should be included alongside digitally altered images. A recent study by Livingston, Holland and Fardouly investigated whether disclaimers about photo editing could provide some relief for our Instagram wellbeing. ⁣⁣They showed participants Instagram photos of a thin, attractive woman that had been edited. Some […]

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Exercise Calories? Sounds Disordered to Me.

CW: calorie counts, disordered eating behaviour, weight-centric views of health. Recent research carried out at Loughborough University proposes that food packaging should display Exercise Calories. They want to show how much energy we should burn after eating something, with the intention of making us eat less. The researchers told the BBC: “It’s about educating the […]

Weight Loss Transformations are Old News

Celebrity weight loss has been a big news hitter over the weekend, with Gemma Collins and Adele both being reported to have “slimmed down” and look “unrecognisable”.⁣ ⁣⁣{CW: Tabloid weight loss tips mentioned} ⁣⁣⁣Coincidentally, both women are also reported to have had recent and fairly public break-ups. Stressful life experiences such as breakups can sometimes […]

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Should I Eat Plant-Based? – Considering a Vegan Diet in ED Recovery

In 2019, it’s hard to miss the endless proclamations of how plant-based diets can benefit our lives. Climate scientists are urging people to eat less meat in a bid to save the planet. Celebrities such as Beyoncé are touting countless vegan diet plans. Some days you can barely walk in the street without seeing ethically […]

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A Case For Plus-Size Mannequins

Last week, Nike unveiled some unique new mannequins in their London store. In a world where these plastic figurines are often criticised for perpetuating unrealistic body standards, the global sports brand chose to introduce a new range that aimed to represent more sizes and physical abilities in a bid to “celebrate the diversity and inclusivity […]

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Body Image versus the World

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May 2019 in the UK. The Mental Health Foundation has chosen Body Image as this year’s theme. Culturally, we have a body image crisis that’s showing no sign of letting up. One in four children are concerned about their appearance. Over half of teenage […]

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If You Care About Their Health, Stop Talking About Their Weight

CW: Discussion of weight bias/fatphobia throughout. It’s a miserable but realistic assumption that whenever someone in a larger body dares to exist in the world, some unwelcome troll will chime in with some irrelevant mention of that person’s health. This is not limited to the virtual kind – it extends to strangers in the street […]

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The Most Potent Sedative in Women’s History

“A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.” – Naomi Wolf This statement, coined by Naomi Wolf in her 1991 book ‘The Beauty Myth’, is still relevant […]

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Losing Weight to be Healthier?

New Year, new you. Chances are you’ve spend the last couple of days recovering from a cheese induced food coma, assessing your life and vowing that you’ll change for the better as 2019 kicks off. The most common reason for our January weight loss goals is to improve health. But does this actually work? Is […]

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Diets Don’t Work – Here’s Why

It’s that time of year again – one minute, you’re opening a mini chocolate box every morning, buying three courses of pancakes and pretzels from a German market and inhaling every pig in blanket you can get your mitts on. The next, you’re being bombarded with advertisements of women pinching at their love handles, wrestling […]