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Posted On: 9th Oct 2013

More to Life than Looks

Fixers Sam and Heather
Fixer Sam
Fixers discussing their project

A group of Fixers from the Borders are hoping their Fixers booklet, which looks at body image, will help convince secondary school pupils that happiness isn’t just skin-deep.

 

Peebles Fixer Sam Mathews (16) and his team have helped create an educational resource for schools, aiming to get students to understand that appearance isn’t everything.

 

The booklet includes tips on how to eat healthily, surveys on attraction and classroom activities to build self-esteem.

 

Speaking about the project, Sam says: ‘We are all really happy with the finished booklet, it’s very engaging and looks great.

 

‘I hope it changes the way pupils see themselves and realise appearance is not the be all and end all.

 

‘The idea was to get pupils interacting with it, and each other, and I think this will do just that.’

 

The group, who were featured on ITV News in June, are concerned that images of ‘unattainable beauty’ in the media are causing young people to feel the need to fit in.

 

Sam's fellow Fixer Heather Allen (17) says: ‘When you’re in high school and you’re trying to make new friends, image is very important.

 

‘There should be role models for young girls that are confident in themselves, who’re not afraid to make their own decisions about what they wear or look like.’

 

Sam adds: ‘I’m passionate about this project because image affects many people, as does the pressure to be liked.

 

‘People should be confident in themselves.'

 

The booklet is available to view below:

 

 

Author: N. Farooq

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