Be Real Campaign launches body confidence toolkit for schools

17 January 2017

Research conducted by YMCA uncovers evidence of body image anxiety in 11 to 16 year olds

The Be Real Campaign, of which YMCA is a founding partner, today launches the Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools (Tuesday 17 January 2017).

Aimed at secondary schools and made up of essential guidance, materials and advice on teaching body confidence in the classroom, the toolkit has been created on the back of research that found:

  • 52% of 11 to 16 year olds worry about how they look
  • 30% of 11 to 16 year olds isolate themselves from certain activities because of body image anxiety
  • 36% of 11 to 16 year olds said they would do ‘whatever it takes’ to look good, including considering cosmetic surgery
  • Only 48% of young people surveyed had learned about body confidence in school
  • Of those who had learned about body confidence in school, 76% said it made them feel more positive about themselves.

The toolkit is now available for all secondary schools to download. Schools taking on the toolkit may also download the #BeRealSchool badge to promote their body confidence commitment in school and on social media.

If you would like your local YMCA to talk about body confidence in your school, please get in touch.

Somebody Like Me

Young people are facing increasing pressures relating to their appearance. While a focus on the importance of appearance in society is by no means a new phenomenon, many young people today are struggling to escape the constant barrage of messages they receive about how they should look and how they should behave. Somebody Like Me aimed to give young people the space to discuss and share their experiences to create practical solutions that both they and others can take forward to help tackle body image anxiety in the UK.

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