Parliamentary Group on Body Image seeks your views
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Body Image set up in April 2011 as a cross-party Parliamentary forum to debate the causes and consequences of body image anxiety in the UK is about to start conducting an inquiry on the subject.
Body image anxiety can manifest itself in many ways, including depression, low self-esteem and recognised clinical conditions like Anorexia Nervosa and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Those seeking to achieve an ideal appearance can often resort to dangerous behaviours such as adopting strict diet regimes, taking laxatives and diet pills, undergoing cosmetic surgery and taking steroids.
The group is keen to find out as much as possible about body image anxiety, with a view to producing a report into practical solutions to improve body confidence in the UK. Over the coming months the APPG will hear from a range of organisations and individuals in Parliament (who you can read more about here), as well as from the general public – we’re currently seeking contributions to the inquiry, which you can get involved with here.