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Here are the resources we found for body image for young people:
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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.
Bodies: Different Shapes and Sizes. All Beautiful!
During puberty your body goes through a lot of changes. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, and you may notice that you don’t like everything about the way you look all of the time. How you feel about your body is referred to as your body image. Worrying about your body image is a natural part of growing up, but no matter what your shape or size is, you are beautiful in your own skin.
Why Thinking You’re Ugly is Bad for You – Meaghan Ramsey
About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, ‘Am I ugly?’. Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impact of low body and image confidence – from lower grades in school to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. Then Meaghan Ramsey shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.
Why Don’t I Like The Way I Look?
Do you know what body image is? Body image is how you think about what your body looks like and how you compare it to other bodies you see on the street, on TV, in magazines, in movies and adverts. If fact you’ve probably only seen a few kinds of acceptable bodies over and over again. This video explored body image and how to love yourself.
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.