Body Gossip Live
On 20th October, Body Gossip teamed up with the National Osteoporosis Society to spread awareness about the dangers that bad body confidence has on people’s lives, especially on people’s mental and physical health. A range of doctors and health specialists spoke about the growing threat that poor body image has on both women and men, even children as young as eight, stressing the potential dangers of extreme dieting. Poor nutrition before the age of thirty can reduce vital bone density and hormone levels which can stunt the development of bones and leave devastating, lasting effects. To show the effects of osteoporosis, two guests performed readings about the effects that osteoporosis has had on their lives.
Other guests included celebrities: Zaraah Abrahams, Cerrie Burnell, Patti Boulaye, Lizzie Cundy, Nikki Grahame, Ewen Macintosh and Lizzie Roper, who performed Body Gossip Real Stories about people struggling with low body confidence. Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood also spoke about his own struggle with body confidence and eating disorders.
Various other theatre and school groups performed pieces about young people struggling with low body confidence, including Y Touring Theatre Company which performed a part from a new play, ‘Beautiful’, written by the Campaign for Body Confidence’s own Susie Orbach. Students from Stone College also performed poetry readings about children suffering from low body confidence.
The event raised a number of important issues and feelings associated with the trend of decreasing body confidence in the face of growing pressures to attain the unachievable when it becomes beauty. We applaud both the Body Gossip and National Osteoporosis Society’s great work at raising awareness of these issues and we look forward to more events!