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Samuel

Samuel

Name: Samuel Matthews
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Peebles
Campaign: Educating young people on body image

We see images of ‘perfect’ looking celebrities pasted all over the magazines these days. My team and I think this can have a negative impact on impressionable young people.

 

There is a lot of pressure on young people to look good and it’s not healthy for anybody.

 

We are concerned people focus too heavily on appearance and want youngsters to realise there are other important things in life that can make you happy.

 

There is nothing wrong with making an effort but there is a difference when people take their appearance too far.

 

This is why, with the help of Fixers, we want to create something that will help young people at school when it comes to talking about body image, whether that be through a booklet or an interactive learning video.

 

Basically, our Fixers campaign is about making people feel comfortable with the way they look.

 

It’s important to remind young people to think more positively about themselves. Everyone is different and we should celebrate that.

Below are a list of people who have helped me with my Fixers project:

 

Isaac Pringle Heather Allen
Kirstin Gray  Lauren Tait
Yeson Kim Yasmin Laschetto-Bottcher
Rosa Lewis Beth Jefferson

Peebles High School

Thank you for your support.

 

Christine Graham, Scottish Parliament

Thank you to Christine for asking to meet with us and for wanting to spread the word of our campaign.

June 2014

The Junction in Andover, a drop-in centre for young people aged 13-25, has requested copies of our Fixers leaflet!

 

They are currently working with a group of young girls addressing the issue of body image, self- esteem and developing a healthy relationship with food, and think the posters will be useful to them as well as others at the centre.

 

May 2013

My story was featured in the Mail on Sunday Scotland. Click on the image below to read the article.

 

 

 

 

April 2013

Following my TV story being featured on ITV, the Southern Report and the Peebleshire News published a story about our Fixers project.

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