Tell us your views on body image
The average person sees about 1,500 adverts per day. Children in particular need to understand that images used in the media are not always a true reflection of the models they feature.
Evidence suggests that many people – men, women and children – suffer from negative feelings about their body shape and this can have a negative impact on their wellbeing.
We invite you to consider the questions below about the potential impacts of body image on young people.
Click here to launch our online survey and tell us how you feel the media deals with the issue of body image. The survey should approximately a minute to complete.
The government is working with a range of organisations to take action to tackle the causes of low levels of body confidence, including Media Smart, a not-for-profit media literacy programme, which has produced a guide to understanding the media and promoting a healthy body image amongst children.
The guide can be downloaded at www.mediasmart.org.uk
For more information on the Government’s Body Confidence campaign go to www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities/equalitygovernment/body-confidence