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The impact of body image on mental and physical health

Inquiry

MPs will examine the relationship between people’s perception of their body image and their physical and mental health. They will consider how far people’s perception of body image can hinder access to NHS services and whether NHS training and Government messaging should be altered.  

Read our enhanced summary of the impact of body image on mental and physical health report published on 2 August 2022

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Saturday 22 January 2022.

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Past events

Tuesday 17 May 2022
10:00am Public
The impact of body image on mental and physical health - Oral evidence 17 May 2022
10:00am
  • Charles King, lived experience witness
10:15am
  • Tam Fry (Chairman at National Obesity Forum)
  • Dr Angela Meadows (Lecturer, Department of Psychology at University of Essex)
  • Helen James (Founder at Nutriri)
11:00am
  • Gillian Keegan MP (Minister for Care and Mental Health at Department of Health and Social Care)
  • Zoe Seager (Deputy Director of Mental Health Policy and Operations at Department of Health and Social Care)
The Macmillan Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 26 April 2022
9:45am Private
10:00am Public
The impact of body image on mental and physical health - Oral evidence 26 April 2022
10:00am
  • Kim Booker, lived experience witness
10:15am
  • Lucy Thorpe (Head of Policy at Mental Health Foundation)
  • Professor James McVeigh (Professor in Substance Use Epidemiology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Deputy Director at Centre for Public Health)
11:00am
  • Malcolm Phillips (Regulatory Policy Manager at Advertising Standards Authority)
  • Professor David Sines (Chair at Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners - The JCCP)
  • Ashton Collins (Director at Save Face)
  • Professor Jean McHale (Professor of Healthcare Law and Director of the Centre for Health Law Science and Policy at University of Birmingham)
Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 8 March 2022
9:45am Private
10:00am Public
The impact of body image on mental and physical health - Oral evidence 8 March 2022
10:00am
  • James Brittain-McVey, Lead Guitarist in the Vamps and Campaigner
  • Alex Light, Journalist and Influencer
  • Nyome Nicholas-Williams, Model and Activist
10:45am
  • Professor Heather Widdows (Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) and Professor of Global Ethics at University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Georgina Krebs (Associate Professor in Young Person's Mental Health and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at University College London)
  • Dr Stuart Flint (Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Leeds, and Honorary Academic at Office of Health Improvement and Disparities)
  • Professor Sandeep Ranote (Children's Mental Health Lead at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership)
Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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