Interesting article on the BBC about a 17 year old hoodie wearer who was snapped making gestures behind David Cameron. The young man said the gesture was just “messing about”. “He says he’s coming round to stop the crime and that, but what’s he doing? He’s not stopping us, is he?,” he said.
BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat and 1xtra’s TXU asked 25,000 people, mostly aged 17 to 34, how they felt about their bodies. They were some worrying trends:
The survey found two thirds of those who are size 14 also thought they were overweight or fat, and a third of size 12s think they’re overweight or fat.
Despite all the debate about skinny models, less than one per cent of those surveyed said they were a size zero, UK size four.
Almost half of all girls say they’ve skipped a meal to try to lose a few pounds, while 8% had made themselves sick.
More than half of females said they’d consider plastic surgery, breast implants were most popular with women and liposuction’s popular with both sexes.
Half of women said they want to change a lot about their looks, while more than 10% “hated” what they looked like.
More than half of girls aged 12 to 16 felt that their body image either stops them from getting a boyfriend or from relaxing in a relationship.
About 20% of those in their early 20s said that they have taken protein supplements in a bid to help themselves bulk up, compared with 11% of over 35s.
Far fewer men than women said they were on a diet right now: one in five guys in their early 20s said they’d done it, but less than one in 10 men are on a diet at the moment.
When asked to rate photos of differently shaped male bodies, almost 80% of men and 65% of women favoured a very muscular physique.
TheBBC have Professor Cary Cooper, a psychology professor at Lancaster University, saying that Spears’ recent behaviour is a “call for help”. “She’s saying: ‘I’m very confused, I’m not in control of myself at the moment, I need a fresh start, I need help.'”
In many ways she sounds like she is struggling with her identity and her role in the same way that many of the young people I work with do. Let’s just hope that she gets the right support around her, and manages to keep out of the press for a while.
“A map on the envelope had a dot drawn in north Cornwall and an arrow saying “Somewhere Here”. Postal workers in Bude, north Cornwall managed to pinpoint the right address and deliver the letter. The letter to Peter O’Leary, was from a long-lost work colleague who failed to enclose his own address so Mr O’Leary cannot write back. Bude’s delivery office manager Andrew Lake said post workers worked out from the map the intended address was in Bude and then asked each other if anyone recognised the name Peter O’Leary. Postman Eric Seymour realised Mr O’Leary lived on his round and said the customer was astounded when he handed over the letter.”
How silly that the colleague didn’t bother to put his own address in the letter for Mr O’Leary.
It is something one half of the population has long suspected – and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men. In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.