Endangered Bodies has an exciting event announcement
The 24/7 ubiquity of social media, Instagram, twitter, Facebook and tinder, have shifted the focus on body image into overdrive, and mums and teens appear to be key targets for this pressure. A new event from Endangered Bodies promises to tackle some of these hot topics, head on.
World renowned psychotherapist and author Susie Orbach is in Australia for the 2016 Sydney Writer’s Festival and her events have all sold out. But, Susie has offered one final event for Endangered Bodies:
Chewing the Fat - A candid chat on eating, dieting and body shame in the digital age.
Susie will be presenting at Lord Dudley Paddington, 20th May 2016, at 6.30pm. This is the final opportunity to see Susie whilst she visits Sydney, to discuss some of the most pressing issues surrounding body image in our contemporary society.
Susie will be joined by psychologist and director of BodyMatters Australasia, Sarah McMahon, to engage on key questions surrounding:
- · New mums
- · Parenting a teen
- · Teenage body pressures
- · Transgenerational eating issues
- · Digital Nutrition - social media and its pressures
- · Media literacy for teens
There is also an opportunity for Q&A with the audience. Further, a national survey on body image will be launched on the night, offering the chance for participants to share insights on the pressures affecting them.
The pressures on new mums and teens in today’s digital and online world has never been greater. From the popularised idea of new mums ‘bouncing back’ to teens and even pre-teens being encouraged to create and share images of ‘bikini bodies’ on social media.
Recent Australian research shows body dissatisfaction is one of the top issues for young people, often attributed to media and advertising. It would seem that industry is capitalising on this with a growing list of ‘cut price’ cosmetic surgery centres opening in Australian suburbs. Such an alarming trend has lead to increasing funding for research looking to understanding the growing rates of cosmetic surgery, in particular the explosion in rates of labiaplasty.
About the organisers
‘Endangered Bodies’ is a global body activism organisation founded by world famous Dr. Susie Orbach. The Australian branch was launched more recently, in 2014. Dr. Susie Orbach is renowned for her work with UK government, UN Commission and the late Princess Diana.
The Endangered Bodies movement looks to work alongside government to push for greater awareness and regulation around harmful industry tactics.
The Endangered Bodies movement describes itself as: “A challenge to those merchants of body hatred who turn girls and women against their own bodies. There is a growing movement of girls, women and men who reject the horrors of body uniformity and cherish instead the variety of body shapes, sizes, colours, ages of us all. We are determined to change the visual landscape so it reflects all of us from New York to Nairobi, from Shanghai to Lima, from Delhi to Bangkok, from London to Tehran, from everywhere you are to everywhere we are.”