Category: Body Image

Considering it was released in 2001, you might forgive The Princess Diaries for its loveable but dubious plot line. However, Mia Thermopolis is one of hundreds of female leads that get the same “geeky girl gets a makeover” treatment – a trope that is still being rolled out in 2017. In November Netflix released a film...

Our perception of beauty is moulded by the images we see promoted by the media in TV shows, movies, magazines, or on social media. We don’t see much diversity in this portrayal of beauty. This creates an unrealistic expectation in society that we have to conform to the idealistic notion that whatever current trend...

Occasionally binge-eating what felt like mountains of food in one evening is what allowed me to hide my eating disorder for years, not only from others, but also from myself. Binge eating is in itself, an eating disorder not widely recognised by the public. I imagine if a room of people were asked to draw someone with...

In his appallingly written, unintentionally sad piece for Esquire, Giles Coren manages to out himself as the world’s worst dad. Before you have a chance to delve in to the article, the title: “I don’t care what my child becomes… as long as they’re not fat” lets you know that this piece isn’t going to contain any...

Dating in the 21st century is an interesting whirlwind of events regardless of your gender, sexuality or appearance. However, as a fat person, I have experienced my fair share of irritating situations that I’m sure others can relate to. Online dating is both good and bad in equal measure, you get the chance to meet...

Disclaimer: No, I’m not a stripper. At pole fitness, we don’t take any clothes off, and nobody’s paying me to do it. Sorry to disappoint.  I’ve been going to pole fitness for just over a year, and I cannot recommend it enough to people with mixed feelings about their body. Thanks to the ever-expanding world of the...

You were very big that day. Not big in any physical sense of the word but just … imposing. You were one of the first doctors that I’d ever visited in my entire life that wasn’t my GP. To this day, I remember my knees trembling a little bit, my toes wiggling in the trainers I had on, my hand sweaty in my mum’s hand...

How did you start your day? Maybe you slept your full eight hours, maybe not. Did you have some breakfast? Did you wake up with someone next to you in your bed? Did you have to rush your cup of tea? Was your shower warm enough? And did you get to work on time? Did you say hello to all your colleagues whilst you put on...

‘I am vain, false and silly. What am I?’ I am a person who wears a wig. This week, I watched BBC’s Room 101 with Frank Skinner and it had one of the Hairy Bikers on it.  I usually love this show, but on the final round, the hairy biker brought out a wig as the useless, annoying and potentially harmful thing to never...

Social media has changed the way we communicate and connect with other people. When it was first established, we used our social media accounts to interact with our family and closest friends, but over time we have started to use social media to enjoy a glimpse into the lives of complete strangers. While this might be...