Combating Body Confidence

14 Jan

Gillian Delany

How many of us are really happy with our bodies? How many of us would say we are at out perfect weight? Well not many it would seem according to a survey by Children and Youth Affairs Minister Frances Fitzgerald. According to the report ‘How We See It: Report of a Survey on Young People’s Body Image’ 43% of people are dissatisfied with their body image. This is nearly half of the people surveyed. So what can be done to help people combat their demons on their body image?

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Body Image and The Media

14 Jan

Gillian Delany

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Today’s world is media dominated. Whether you get your fix from print, online or through social media our opinions and beliefs have become molded by what the media deem acceptable and so too has our opinions on our bodies. It is because of this media intrusion that so many of our youths struggle with their body image today. Day after day in this celebrity obsessed world our children and young adults are bombarded with pictures of the A list stars of Hollywood and the high fashion models of the run ways. Magazines have become ridden with diet exclusives and new eating crazes. Cover stories seem to endlessly revolve around which celeb has lost or gained the most weight.

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What does Body Image mean to you?

14 Jan

Catherine Collins

“Body image”: Say it, and it’s received controversially. Surrounded as we are by images of bodies, pictures of half-dressed models and seductive actors/actresses pasted up at the bus station or hanging from billboards, or even on advertisements on our phones, the phrase is still treated with suspicion.  You will almost certainly get a scared look, and the person that you are talking to will ask you to repeat what you said, or challenge you on it.

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New Year, New Beginning for Ireland

14 Jan
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With the beginnings of a New Year, many of us are looking forward to a fresh new start, full of the best intentions. Obesity in Ireland has hit new heights and there are controversial decisions to be made with regards to this. RTÉ’s latest season of Operation Transformation will be hoping to have an effect on the nation’s ever –expanding waistline, but journalist and economist David McWilliams has a new plan in mind: offering people money to lose weight. If you have any thoughts on that, feel free to comment in the box below!

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Running: Your Kick Start

14 Jan

One of the many ways that we can get fit is to take up a sport like running, or cycling. Long-time runner Lelia Henry, of Athlone Co.Westmeath, tells us more about taking up this sport. It’s one of the easiest and safest ways to get fit, as we all can do it. All you need is a pair of decent runners and away you go!

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Eating Distress and Christmastime

13 Jan

Catherine Collins

For most of us, Christmas is a time of celebration, a happy time filled with raucous family gatherings, new gifts and toys and presents, too much wine and too much food. Children rush around with buckets of energy, no one stopping them because it’s Christmas, and no one cares if they are making noise or making a mess. People wear silly hats and crack unfunny jokes. The expensive cutlery comes out and the house is full of delicious smells of food no one has time to make any other time of the year.

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‘My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia’: A face behind the statistics

6 Jan

By Jane Haynes

According to figures released by Bodywhys, the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland, up to 200,000 people may be affected by eating disorders  Continue reading