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FEEL OF THE FIX…

 

Young people who have had problems with their body image came together to share their past and present experiences at The Body Image Fix conference in London on April 18 2018.

 

The young people directed powerful conversations and were given the opportunity to influence key decision makers and practitioners throughout the day.

‘QUESTION TIME’ 

 

In the morning the young people took part in workshops with professional facilitators to discuss key issues around their experiences of body image and self-esteem and the impact on their education, their work, home and social lives, their ability to access healthcare and their lives online.

 

During the afternoon, celebrity campaigner Melissa Johns, and body positive ambassador Fixer Shannon Finan co-hosted a debate where the young people and audience members contributed to the body image discussion.

 

Dr Emily David, lead clinical psychologist at Hampshire CAMHS, helped facilitate conversations and was impressed with the issues raised and solutions reached by the young people.

 

‘Raising awareness, promoting understanding and hearing from young people directly is a really powerful platform for change,’ she said.

 

‘They are working towards inclusivity, acceptance and better outcomes for young people. I have come away inspired and motivated to keep fighting on.’

 

You can watch the interesting debate here!

Body Image films

 

Hundreds of young people who have struggled with body image and self-esteem issues have become Fixers to raise awareness of issues they have experienced and engender a new culture of empathy and hope. They have found their voice and have used it to persuade key influencers to help create change.

 

All of them have created a resource to help them articulate their message in a powerful way and you can see a huge range of insightful films and creative posters and leaflets on the Fixers website.

 

To watch a variety of different body image campaigns click here. Please use them to help create change.

Presenters

 

Melissa Johns is best known for playing Imogen Pascoe on Coronation Street for a short stint last year [2017] and for being an avid body image and disability campaigner after being born with half her arm missing.

 

Shannon Finan has battled with body image herself, her low self-esteem caused her to develop eating disorders, and now she is passionate about spreading a healthy message about body image. Shannon’s campaign was launched in 2015 and she has been an active Fixer for many years since. 

 

You can see more about the work Shannon has done here.  

IMAGE GALLERY

 

Fixing My Body Image helped young people, aged 16-25, find ways to improve those struggling with body image concerns and find constructive solutions in five key areas: home, health, school, work and media.

 

The event welcomed young people who had previously campaigned with Fixers and also those who were currently working on projects around the country that linked to body image.

 

You can see all the photos from the day by clicking here. 

THE REPORT

 

This final report, the product of regional workshops and the London event, is being presented to Government and other decision makers to promote change. 

 

The report provides a detailed account of findings and recommendations put forward by the young people about body image.  

 

Link to Event Link to Young People Link to Supporters Link to The Report
       

The Body Image Fix for girls is supported by The Tampon Tax Fund distributed by The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. DCMS helps to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad.

 

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The Body Image Fix for boys is supported by Wellcome Trust. 'Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We're a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.

 

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