#TOTW from 20-11-16 ‘#BodyImage – #BeReal’


It affects everyone – all ages, both sexes – and starts young.

My #TOTW for this week relates to the issue of #BodyImage and the #BeReal campaign to raise awareness about it:

“…It affects everyone – all ages, both sexes…” I’ve only heard ads talking about girls though 😔 @BeReal_Campaign http://www.berealcampaign.co.uk/the-campaign.html

Why is it then that all I have heard on the radio are ads talking about how difficult it is for girls with all the messages they are bombarded with from the media and advertising? Now admittedly these are ads from just one of the contributors to the campaign, but they are from the founding partner, and so I would have hoped that their ads would be more inclusive and a more accurate reflection of the BeReal campaign itself. As it says in the above quote form the BeReal website, the campaign talks about how both sexes are affected by issue relating to body image. Why is it then that the ads going out from the founding partner appear to be favouring the impact on girls rather than boys? Surely this is projecting the wrong image and is negating any good that the campaign may be doing by highlighting the issue? Don’t get me wrong, what the campaign is trying to highlight is great, but unless I have managed to miss any ads from this founding partner that direct the message toward boys as well as girls, then I feel the BeReal campaign may itself be sending out the wrong message about #BodyImage.

Until next time, as ever, please #ReadLearnShare!




#TOTW (11-05-15) “You are not alone” – Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

This week, i’ve chosen to give another chance for people to learn a bit about Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD, so my chosen #TOTW is:

(2/2) You are not alone – Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

This is a short – just over 2 minutes – video from the BDD Foundation about what they describe as an “…obsessive anxiety condition that leaves people convinced there is something flawed or “ugly” about their looks.”

If you are interested in finding out more, then check out the other link I posted about BDD:

(1/2) Body dysmorphic disorder: charity video reveals the image anxieties that can push people to the edge

This article from the Guardian mentions Robert Pattinson and his struggle with BDD. He stated:

I get a ton of anxiety, right up until the second I get out of the car to the event, when suddenly it completely dissipates,” said Pattinson. “But up until that moment I’m a nutcase. Body dysmorphia, overall tremendous anxiety… I don’t have a six-pack and I hate going to the gym. I’ve been like that my whole life. I never want to take my shirt off.”

I realise that in this day and age there appears to be a disorder for pretty much anything, but at it’s heart BDD is about anxiety, and we all suffer from that at some stage or another!

I hope you’ve learned something today, and that you might talk to people about BDD and maybe even share the links such that others can learn. Yesterday I watched Jonny Benjamin in his very emotional documentary “The Stranger on the Bridge“, about his struggle with mental health. One of the things he said that stuck in my mind was “It’s about connecting with people,” which is what I am trying to achieve with my radiographerben profile.

I hope I am…connecting with people.

Thank you for reading 🙂