Scores of young people gathered in London in April 2018 to talk about body image and share their experiences.The Fixers came from across the country to spend the day discussing how body image affects them at school, home, in the workplace, accessing healthcare and in the media.
The findings and solutions discussed in the morning workshops were presented in the afternoon at a ‘Question Time’ style debate with a multi-agency audience of policymakers, frontline workers and academics.
The event was co-presented by Fixer Shannon Finan, who developed eating disorders as a result of low self-esteem and worked with Fixers on a body positive project, and actress and body image campaigner Melissa Johns.
'This has been an incredible event,' said Melissa. 'To be in the presence of young people who have a platform and a voice to talk about something that is hugely important, and affects so many people, has been truly humbling.
'It has been a wonderful experience and very solution focused.'
The event, at 15 Hatfields in London, was the culmination of numerous body image workshops with girls across the UK and funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, through the Tampon Tax Fund.
A number of young men also came along to share their experiences and ideas about body image, funded by Wellcome Trust.