Does the UK need body image lessons?
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It's a worrying matter that young children already at the age of five are worried about their body image, whether their belly isn’t flat enough or whether their friends have nicer hair. In our society, the age we create a negative body image for ourselves starts extremely early. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) made an enquiry after evidence was heard that more than half of the public have a distorted negative self body image. Yet our ‘fatty issues’ are being blamed on the media for idolising skinny bodies that are unrealistic and unhealthy. However the media does seem to work with such issues as Pinterest has banned any publication of ‘Thinspo’ boards, and Vogue have decided to only work with healthy models. Plastic surgery has been on the increase by 20% since 2008 despite our current recession, including surgery for tummy tucks, liposuction and fat transfers.
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