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Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image

Inquiry

Awareness of the impact of advertising and media consumption on people’s body image has increased in recent years. Negative body image is widely perceived as solely a young women’s problem. But more recently, research has shown that this is a wider issue:  

  • Recent studies report that over a third of adults feel anxious or depressed about their body image, and nearly half (44%) want to see greater diversity in the mainstream media.
  • NHS studies have shown that 57% of young men felt pressured by social media to look good, and 23% believed there to be a ‘perfect male body.’ 
  • The Mental Health Foundation reported in a recent study that 40% of LGBT+ adults felt shame because of their body image. 
  • 80% of disabled people surveyed by Trailblazers said that their body image has a direct impact on their mental well-being.

The Women and Equalities Committee want to hear from a range of people and organisations on what causes poor body image and how people’s body image is impacted by companies, adverts, social media and Government policy.

The written evidence published as part of this inquiry will be used to inform the work of the Committee. Publication of written evidence does not equate to an endorsement of the views it contains by the Committee.

More information on the inquiry

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Sixth Report: Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Inquiry Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
HC 274
Report
Response to this report
Second Special Report: Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image: Government Response to the Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2019–21
HC 359
Special Report
Second Special Report: Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image: Government Response to the Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2019–21
Inquiry Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
HC 359
Special Report
1st Special Report - Body Image Survey Results
Inquiry Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
HC 805
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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27 January 2021
Inquiry Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
Oral Evidence
16 December 2020
Inquiry Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Witnesses Alexandra Evans (Head of Child Safety Public Policy Europe at TikTok), Henry Turnball (Head of public policy UK & the Nordics at Snap Inc), and Richard Earley (UK Public Policy Manager at Facebook Inc )
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
Oral Evidence
2 December 2020
Inquiry Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Witnesses Malcolm Phillips (Regulatory Policy Manager at Advertising Standards Authority), and Chris Macleod (Customer and Revenue Director at Transport for London)
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
Oral Evidence
Miss0070 - Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
Written Evidence
Miss0069 - Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Witnesses Richard Earley (Public Policy Manager at Facebook)
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
Written Evidence
Miss0068 - Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image
Witnesses Transport for London
Committees Women and Equalities Committee
Written Evidence

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