Why Body Positivity is So Important at University

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Someone who has dreams, personality, a heart…but perhaps, someone who isn’t very happy with their body?

It’s a subject that is close to my heart. I am someone who deals with lack of body confidence and I hope to help promote it somehow. So, this is my project. No Better You.

No Better You focuses on what makes different people feel body confident. I wanted to aim it at a wide audience, as it doesn’t just impact teenage girls, but boys and adults, too. One campaign, This Girl Can, is a campaign I admire, as a girl, because it promotes that you don’t have to look glamorous doing a sport, so long as you’re enjoying it. Nevertheless, boys can also feel the pressure to look a certain way – to look ‘buff’ or asked if they have ‘a big penis.’ They can be jokes, but can be hurtful. Author, Giovanna Fletcher, has spoken out about how she was body-shamed eleven days after giving birth to her second son, Buddy. It’s heart-breaking that people are even willing to pass comments about how others look after one of life’s greatest journeys of giving birth and becoming a mother.

Therefore, I created a radio production, so that it can be heard how others feel about themselves, how much of an impact body image has on a person. Within the production, there are quotes from real people taken on an online survey. It’s important we love our bodies – we only have one. If you don’t like something about your body, you can do something about it. We should all be happy that we have our own individual bodies, that we’re all unique.

Below are some useful links that may help you feel more body confident or to help you look after yourself:

This Girl Can: http://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/

Government Campaigns – PDFs that you can give a read: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/body-confidence-a-rapid-evidence-assessment-of-the-literature

BeReal Campaign: http://www.berealcampaign.co.uk/

MindsMatter: https://www.mindsmatter.org/

by Kathryn Armstrong

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