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Here are the resources we found for body image for young people:
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Finding Strength in a World Obsessed with Size – Meta Sarmiento
We see it in the media, movies, television shows, and magazines - for men and boys, strength is measured by physical size. What happens when you’re a tiny kid, from the tiny island of Guam, how do you find your place in the world? In this inspiring talk and poem, Meta Sarmiento shares his personal journey and what it really means for a man to be strong.
When I Was Thirteen – Virginia Voth
Virginia talks about what it means to be beautiful. Beautiful isn’t just confined to the way you look. It is the family you have, the laugh that you have when you see your favourite video, the love that you spread in the world. Beauty has no definition but you are the very definition of beauty. This is a story about learning to love yourself and if you need help learning to love yourself, this is the video for you.
Self Esteem Tips: Dealing with Body Image Issues
It is all too easy to buy into the belief that your body is just not good enough. It is too easy to feel inadequate, like you need to constantly change who you are on what you look like to fit an ideal of beauty. This Wellcast video talks about body image and what makes you memorable.
Bodies in the Media
This video talks about how the ideal body in the media can create negative emotions within people. The idea of being beach body ready or celebrities bouncing back from pregnancy is discussed as well as the unrealistic images presented in the media and how much work goes into these celebrity photographs.
Big White Wall
Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that care. When you’re dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, the peer support will help you get through it.
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans, and queer people. They aim to provide advice and information, advocacy, a peer support programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring services, an out of house online chat service and a food project.
Appearance Matters: The Podcast!
The appearance matters podcast is a series of podcast episodes talking about research relating to body image and the way we look. Each episode features guests who have unique and inspired views about body image and appearance. The topics covered in this series include social activism, cosmetic surgery, mindfulness and how these all relate to body image.
Body image is closely linked to self-esteem, and having a positive body image and good self-esteem is important to the happiness of any young person.
This page from the Black Country CAMHS website explores the topic, and provides helpful advice and links for visitors to explore.
How You Look
Feeling happy about how you look is part of how you feel about yourself. It’s pretty normal to worry about the way you look sometimes, especially as you grow up and go through puberty. On this webpage, you will find information about pressure from friends or family, bully about how you look, and what you can do if you’re struggling with how you look.
Male Body Image and too much Exercise
The unrealistic standards put on men and how their bodies should look is not discussed enough. Nor is the mental and physical impact from trying to meet these expectations. The Mix is joined by Michael Handrick to discuss the body pressures men face. This webpage covers the topics of when exercise becomes too much and how to find pride in your individuality.
Body image is about how you see yourself when you look in a mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. You may feel uncomfortable in your own skin, anxious, or unhealthy. Body image can have an impact on your self-esteem and confidence. This webpage from The Children’s Society contains top tips for fostering a positive body image, and extra information that you might find helpful.
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6 Important Things I Wish I Knew as a Teenager
In this blog post, Grace Victory shares six important things she wished she knew as a teenager. These things include; being jealous will get you know where, just because he wants to have sex with you, that doesn’t mean he cares about you or loves you, everything about you is beautiful, when you’re sad, scared or angry - tell someone, anyone, self care is so important and finally, do more of what makes you happy.