Body Stories

Darren Day joins our Body Stories campaign and opens up about his own story: 'I’d stopped looking in the mirror'

DARREN DAY NERVOUSLY APPEARS IN HIS SHORTS AND TELLS OUR LOOSE WOMEN ABOUT HIS BODY IMAGE STRUGGLES

Darren Day joined Ruth, Stacey, Jane and Denise to talk about his own body story after he was shamed by a tabloid with the headline 'The amazing technicolor Dreambloat' which Darren described as 'devastating'.

He said when he looks at the photo now it makes him feel 'quite sad' and saying he was 'incredibly sad at that time'.

Darren also added the body shaming ended up being a 'light bulb moment - it was actually my kick up the behind' .

He went on to say, 'There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb moment. For me it had built up and didn’t realise. I’d stopped looking in the mirrors. I didn’t realise before seeing that front page that I looked pretty awful.'

When Denise asked Darren what he had done to change his body shape, he revealed that he had been 'heavily in the gym and I went to military bootcamp.'

Later on in the show Darren nervously appeared on set in just shorts, joining the men who have already stripped for our Body Stories campaign, admitting that he felt 'incredibly vulnerable'.

Watch the video to see the full interview above and Darren’s Body Stories moment below.

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Loose Women talks vagina dysmorphia as Stacey Solomon says: 'I felt self-conscious about my vagina after giving birth'

LOOSE WOMEN TACKLE THE LAST BODY TABOO - VAGINA DYSMORPHIA

We're not shy when it comes to talking about tough topics on the show, and today Andrea, Nadia, Stacey and Jane opened up about their own insecurities as they discussed all things vagina dysmorphia as part of our Body Stories campaign.

They were joined by Dr Larissa Corda who revealed she has seen a rise in vagina surgery, sometimes from children as young as nine! Labiaplasty is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure in the world, increasing by 45% from 2015 to 2016, and we want women to feel positive about every inch of their body.

Stacey admitted she felt self-conscious about her vagina after giving birth saying, 'Now especially, if you have children and meet someone else I feel like, "Oh is it a big now? Is it massive? Can anyone get anything from this?" I feel really conscious about it.'

And Nadia said: 'I certainly remember that after having my baby, sitting there with my legs open with a mirror and sobbing my eyes out because it was so deformed.
'And that's a kind of dysmorphia, isn't it? This warped idea... But in the age of pornography. I worry about the young generation of women thinking they don’t look like that.'

Andrea encouraged women to get to know their intimate area so they can be aware of any changes that could be due to gynecological cancers. 'Know what is normal for you. Like any other part of your body. And if there are any changes be aware of it.'

There are five types of gynaecological cancer: womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval, and vaginal.

Let's stop being embarrassed to talk about our vaginas!

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The Eve Appeal supports Loose Women's Body Stories campaign tackling the taboo of vagina dysmorphia

Loose Women's Body Stories campaign is tackling vagina dysmorphia

LOOSE WOMEN BODY STORIES CAMPAIGN TACKLES THE TABOO OF VAGINA DYSMORPHIA

We've championed body positivity of every kind - for men and women - and now Loose Women's Body Stories campaign is talking about the ‘final taboo’ - vagina dysmorphia.

We're discussing vaginal health issues to smash the stigma of what’s ‘normal’ as female genital surgery soars worldwide.

The Loose Women will discuss the stigma that surrounds vaginal health and the pressures behind the growing trend for female labiaplasty, which has become the fastest growing cosmetic procedure worldwide.

Loose Women’s Body Stories campaign about vagina dysmorphia is being backed by The Eve Appeal - the UK charity which raises awareness and funds research into the five gynaecological cancers – ovarian, womb, cervical, vaginal and vulval.

Twenty-one women die every day from gynaecological cancer in the UK. By talking about vaginal health, Loose Women wants to encourage all women to regularly check their bodies to know what is normal for you. This will enable women to identify any changes or signs and symptoms they may be concerned about.

A spokesperson for the charity said: 'We are delighted to be supporting Loose Women’s Body Stories campaign. Women are literally dying of embarrassment. Breaking down the taboos that surround gynae health are absolutely central to our mission. We want gynae issues to be as easy to talk about as back ache. It’s fantastic to have the straight-talking Loose Women on board – because until we have NORMAL conversations about vaginas and periods, we won’t make strides in diagnosing gynae cancers at their earliest stage.'

Twenty-one women die every day from gynaecological cancer in the UK.

– The Eve Appeal
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Loose Women Body Stories - The Men! Robbie Savage, Judge Rinder, Shayne Ward and David Ginola among those to strip off

BODY STORIES LAUNCHES WITH SEVEN CELEBRITY MEN AS WE TALK ABOUT MEN'S SELF CONFIDENCE!

After launching our Body Stories campaign for male body confidence we were thrilled to show the behind the scenes video of the seven men taking part in our exclusive photoshoot.

Footballer-turned-pundit Robbie Savage, football legend and international pin-up David Ginola, Strictly Come Dancing judge BrunoTonioli, This Morning medical expert Dr Ranj, Judge Rinder’s Robert Rinder, Coronation Street’s Shayne Ward and boxing icon Frank Bruno all spoke candidly about their experiences of body issues, body shaming and low self-confidence.

Photographed by superstar photographer Rankin, each of the men shared their unique reasons for wanting to address men's body confidence.

Watch the video to see them men drop their robes and discuss the importance of starting a conversation about body confidence.

Loose Women conducted a survey of 2000 men about body image #MyBodyMyStory

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Dr Ranj on our Body Stories campaign: 'I won't take my shirt off on the beach. I’m not the most body confident person'

DR RANJ'S TALKED ABOUT HIS BODY INSECURITIES AFTER STRIPPING OFF FOR OUR BODY STORIES CAMPAIGN

This Morning's resident medic Dr Ranj also appeared on the show to talk about his involvement in our Body Stories campaign.

And Ranj discussed his own body image issues. ‘I wouldn’t even take my shirt off at the beach. I won’t go swimming. I wasn’t very body confident as a kid. I’ve got two brothers.I felt like the ugly sister,’ he explained

And Ranj revealed he was very nervous about taking his top off and taking part in our photo shoot. 'I'd had a few special grape juices on the day to try and get warmed up! Even still, I mean… look at those guys. Some of them are incredible. I’m not completely 100% happy with myself. I’m a work in progress. I’m on a journey.

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Corrie's Shayne Ward hits back at body shamers after taking part in our Body Stories campaign: 'I'm happy in myself'

CORRIE'S SHAYNE WARD HITS BACK AT FAT-SHAMING TROLLS AFTER JOINING OUR BODY STORIES CAMPAIGN

As one of our fantastic seven, Shayne stripped off to encourage men to talk about body confidence. And he talked to us live from the Coronation Street set about being nervous on the shoot and dealing with negative body shaming comments online.

Shayne read out tweets from trolls that have been sent to him recently and hit back at the critics.

Reading the negative tweets, he said: ‘"Shayne Ward has the XXL Factor"... good one,’Shayne said wryly before adding another, “‘Shanye Ward is getting fat" –that’s just called being content, happy and very much in love,' he hit back.

Finally, Shayne read a third negative tweet, ‘And the best one is, "I watched Corrie tonight and how the hell did the fat one pull the two hotties?" I’d say with ease.’

Shayne explained: ‘I’ve never been one for the six pack. I enjoy my food and I like my cuddly figure for my little girl. You are pressured in this day and age, especially being on Corrie. You still get these trolls online giving abuse,which is why this campaign is just so important.

‘My body is always going to be changing, as long as I’m happy in myself, that’s all that matters, if I want to sit in the Rovers and have a hotpot, I will!’

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Vote Loose Women to win Best Daytime show in this year's TV Choice Awards!

Loved our Body Stories campaign? Vote for us to win Best Daytime show in this year's TV Choice Awards! We'd love to win it for all of you who shared your personal body stories and sent in photos celebrating yourselves.

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