Body image fears on the rise

An inquiry by MPs has heard that more than half the British public suffers from a negative body image.

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Kylie Minogue: 'I could be one of those' who suffer from body image fears at times

A new report by MPs has heard that more than half the British public suffers from a negative body image.

Kylie Minogue was asked her thoughts on its findings at the Glamour Awards on Tuesday night as she picked up an 'Outstanding Contribution' award.

The singer was "not surprised" by the results and said "I could be one of those [people] on a certain day".

She also had a positive message for people struggling with their own image.

MP: 'Body image dissatisfaction in the UK has reached an all time high'

Jo Swinson MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Body Image said:

Body image dissatisfaction in the UK has reached an all time high and the pressure to conform to an unattainable body ideal is wreaking havoc on the self-esteem of many people.

Our inquiry took evidence from academics, the public, industry, charities and other experts, whose submissions formed the basis for the recommendations in the report.

I welcome the work of Central YMCA and other organisations in taking these recommendations forward.

– Jo Swinson MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Body Image

Getting rid of dieting 'could wipe out 70% of eating disorders'

An inquiry by MPs has heard more than half the British public suffers from a negative body image.

The diet industry acknowledged the public had "unrealistic expectations" about weight loss, while critics argued there was no evidence diets work in the long term

The inquiry, which took evidence from academics, the public, industry, charities and other experts, heard that

  • More than 95% of dieters regain the weight they lost
  • 1.6 million people in the UK suffer eating disorders
  • One in five people have been victimised because of their weight

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Report: body image dissatisfaction 'on the increase'

A report, published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image identified a growing amount of evidence that body image dissatisfaction was on the increase.

The issue was seen to be one affecting all of society regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, body size or shape.

The report was co-authored by Central YMCA Chief Executive Rosi Prescott who explained her concern.

Report: Five year olds now worried about their size

An inquiry by MPs has heard that more than half the British public suffers from a negative body image.

Children and adolescents were seen to be more vulnerable to body image concerns.

The report said around half of girls and up to one third of boys have dieted to lose weight and children and young people with body image dissatisfaction were less likely to engage in learning in school

It also said the problem is so acute that girls as young as five now worry about their size and appearance, with children in danger of picking up their parents' body-related anxieties.

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