More men worry about their body shape and appearance – beer bellies, "man boobs" or going bald – than women do about how they look, according to research. More than four in five men (80.7%) talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image by referring to perceived flaws and imperfections, compared with 75% of women. Similarly, 38% of men would sacrifice at least a year of their life in exchange for a perfect body – again, a higher proportion than women. "These findings tell us that men are concerned about body image, just like women. We knew that 'body talk' affected women and young people and now we know that it affects men too," said Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, from the centre of appearance research at the University of the West of England. She conducted the study, of 394 British men, which was commissioned by Central YMCA and the Succeed Foundation, an eating disorders charity. The survey revealed that men have high levels of anxiety about their bodies and that … [Read more...] about Body image concerns more men than women, research finds
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I'm continually impressed by the Guides. In declaring itself a feminist organisation, ditching the "love my God" part of the promise and now launching a body confidence badge, Girlguiding UK has rebranded itself in a modern, progressive way. It certainly doesn't resemble the Guides I once knew. As a young woman very much acquainted with the word "woggle", my group's activities were limited to renditions of Ging Gang Goolie interspersed by passive aggressive encounters in leaky tents and bouts of knot-tying. My main concern was escaping the horror of trying out for the homemaking or cow milking badges. What seems to have changed since my day is that the Guides are taking their pastoral care role in girls' lives much more seriously. Aware that its 400,000 members are under intense scrutiny about the way that they look, Girlguiding has elected to provide courses designed to help them recognise airbrushing and challenge beauty myths. Considering how its latest attitudes survey found that … [Read more...] about Forget Ging Gang Goolie. Today’s Guides are taking on body fascism
Polly Vernon, writer Did it start with Salma Hayek, who explained in a recent interview that she considers herself "on the limit of chubbiness, because I love my food and my wine… it's not the best for fashion, but it's good for my mood"? Or did it start with Lena Dunham, the buzz on whose excellent new series Girls, is somewhat propelled by the fact that Dunham is completely unapologetic in exposing her non-flat belly during the show's sex scenes? Or with Lady Gaga, who last month appeared in public dressed up in a fat suit, and said: "I am not going to go on a psycho-spree because of scrutiny. This is who I am", after gaining nearly two stone in weight. Or much earlier, with the rise and rise of Mad Men's Christina Hendricks's prototype on a new body ideal? Hard to know for sure, but I do think we've reached a tipping point on women and weight. The ultra-thin, size zero, carb-free and constantly worked-out notion of female beauty – the teeny, tiny, sticky one, which has … [Read more...] about Has female body fascism reached a tipping point?
Police have arrested a 67-year-old woman after the body of adult man, believed to be her disabled husband, was found in a freezer in her Missouri home. Barbara J. Watters was taken into custody without incident on Thursday, officers in Joplin confirmed Thursday. A neighbor said she kept 'creepy' chainsaws in the garage, but police do not reportedly suspect foul play in the death. Police had issued a warrant for Watters' arrest with bond set at $100,000 and released images of a car similar to her last known vehicle, a white Lincoln with license plate number TC4 S9Z. It is believed Watters kept the body of her husband Paul in the freezer in her bedroom for almost a year after his death, KSN reports. A probable cause affidavit states: 'Paul N Barton died on December 30, 2018 and was being kept by his wife, Barbara Watters, in a freezer in her bedroom at 2602 S. Vermont Ave.' Police Chief Matt Stewart told The Joplin Globe there were no obvious signs … [Read more...] about Police arrest woman, 67, ‘after finding body of her disabled husband, 70, in a freezer where he’d been for a year’ as neighbors say she kept ‘creepy’ chainsaws in the garage
A mum who was called "fat" by her own son when she tipped the scales at 21st after giving birth has since shed almost half her body weight. Schauna Harshman, 35, grew up fleeing ashamed of her figure and was often teased by her peers at school, leaving her feeling like the "ugly, fat friend". The mum-of-three gained weight during her pregnancies and ate a lot of fried food, processed meals, fast food and pasta, washing it down with soft drinks. But she hit "rock bottom" and decided to make major changes to her lifestyle after her son Chase, then aged three, called her "fat" and laughed, leaving her in tears as she locked herself in the bathroom. Schauna, a medical coder from the US city of Grand Forks, North Dakota, who is now 11st 2lb, said: "One day, my middle son was making fun of me, calling me 'fat' and laughing about it. "I was fed up of my weight but to hear my son, who loves me, make fun of me that way, I'd had enough. That was my rock bottom. "I was angry and emotional. … [Read more...] about Mum fat shamed by her son, 3, sheds almost half her body weight