York hosts free BPS North East branch event on body image

A free BPS event ‘Body image: Psychology in the Pub’ on Monday 22 February (7 to 9pm) will open the Leeds Beckett’s Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness week in York.

The event, organised by the BPS North East branch, is the first of a series of workshops seminars including a public lecture by former Fashion Editor and Co-Editor of i-D magazine, Caryn Franklin MBE taking place from Monday 22 to Friday 26 February across Leeds and York city centres.

‘Body image: Psychology in the Pub’ hosted by Dr Megan Hurst and Glen Jankowski (Leeds Beckett), will draw on examples from popular culture, from the airbrushing of adverts to #fitspiration on social media. The hosts will take the audience of a tour of the wealth of psychological research into the media and its influence on our feelings about our bodies, our relationships with other people and our wellbeing. Glen’s research focuses on men’s experiences of culture and their bodies whilst Megan’s focuses on how women’s and girls’ experiences of objectification influence their motivation for exercise and their feelings about their bodies.

Glen Jankowski commented: “Eating disorders charity BEAT estimates that at least 725,000 men and women in the UK are affected by an eating disorder in some way. Feeling unhappy with any aspect of one’s appearance, body dissatisfaction, affects even more people. This is a major problem. Body dissatisfaction and eating disorders affect our health, our work, our relationships with each other and more."

'Body image: Psychology in the Pub' will take place on Monday 22 February from 7pm to 9pm at the Duke of York pub in Kings Square, York.

The events have been organised by Leeds Beckett Senior Lecturers in Psychology, Glen Jankowski, Dr Nova Deighton-Smith and Dr Helen Fawkner, and Senior Lecturer in Sport, Dr Megan Hurst, with Dr Beth Bell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at York St John University. All events are free, open to the public and can be booked online.

On Wednesday 24 February Caryn Franklin MBE, will present her public lecture, entitled ‘Fashion, Diversity and Individuality: Implications for body image and eating disorders’, at Leeds Beckett’s city centre Calverley building, from 6pm to 8.30pm. This talk is supported by the BPS North East of England branch and will see Caryn talk about her 34 years in the fashion industry as well as the work she has done over the last six years in promoting diversity and supporting young creatives in recognising their empowerment early in their careers.