Up 70% of young people are unhappy with their bodies and appearance. This is concerning given that body image can impact key areas of our lives, including health, relationships, education aspirations and achievement, and social agency. Academic research has investigated the causes, consequences and most effective strategies for improving body image for over two decades. This talk will provide a brief snapshot of this research, including research into the impact of advertising, social media, families and peers. Derived from the evidence-base, it will also provide practical tips and signpost effective school, online, community-based programs that promote body positivity and acceptance of diversity in appearance.
- Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution16-18 Queen SquareBathBA1 2HN
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Professor Phillippa Diedrichs is an applied research psychologist with an international reputation for developing and evaluating evidence-based strategies to improve body image in community, education, corporate, and policy settings on a global scale. She has co-created body image interventions that have been delivered through trail-blazing industry and community partnerships to over 20 million young people across 142 countries. Her research has received international media attention in outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC, and is featured in teaching case studies at Harvard’s Business School and T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
With a PhD in health psychology from The University of Queensland (Australia), Phillippa is passionate about working in partnership to create environments that accept diversity in appearance and support individuals, particularly girls and women, to live free from the constraint of appearance concerns. As a Professor of Psychology at the Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England (UK), she leads a team of researchers responsible for co-creating and evaluating body image interventions, including school and youth group workshops, animated ‘edutainment’ cartoons for children, gaming apps, e-books, and websites.
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