|The conversation was dominated by concerns about body weight—plastic surgery, tattoos, piercing were barely mentioned. There was a spirited defence of heavier bodies by some and almost universal disapproval of extreme thinness and its promotion.
The beauty industry has more effect on our body image than partner, family and friends, but 40% still feel their own point of view is the most important (all statements quoted here achieved at least 70% support).
The majority of the group felt it was “crucial to act” to address the issue of media pressure on all of us to look a certain way.
Advantages of more body image interest
The group acknowledged that interest in how we look is not all bad…
Disadvantages of more body image interest
But there were many more strongly supported statements concerning the disadvantages which included increased incidence of eating disorders among children, a tendency to be superficial and an
There were mixed feelings on public education about healthy eating with some wariness of nanny state tendencies. But certainly interest in a more personal approach
Keeping the conversation going and extending to new audiences was seen as important too:
Rosa, advocacy group for women and girls
Womankind Worldwide, development agency