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Last chance to nominate - who's helped to promote body confidence in children this year?

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KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 21-Feb-12 03:46:49


Some of you might remember that we've joined up with the Campaign for Body Confidence, to try to reduce the pressure on all of us to look perfect and to promote a more positive body image - particularly among children and young people. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Supportive parliamentarians have now formed a cross-party forum to look into body image anxiety in the UK, and they'll be reporting back later this year. In the meantime, the two groups are launching the Body Confidence Awards, celebrating the contribution of individuals, organisations and companies who've helped to promote body confidence over the last year.

We're very pleased to announce that we'll be there on the night, to present <drumroll> the Mumsnet Award for promoting body confidence in children.

Could you help us out by getting your thinking caps on, and letting us know who you think deserves the award? Feel free to think creatively - the winner could be a product or an organisation, but it could equally be an individual or even a TV or book character.

Please leave your suggestions on the thread - the one with the most mentions wins the gong!

Grumpla Fri 02-Mar-12 08:21:02

Another vote for Pink Stinks!

And another minus vote for Gok I'm afraid. The whole premise of his show (like all other makeover shows, not just him) is that your happiness is totally rooted in your appearance. I think that completely undermines the concept of body confidence.

IMO we should be encouraging children to think about their bodies in terms of all the amazing things they can do, feeling powerful enough to reject narrow ideals of what girls / boys "should" look / dress like etc.

I also think its really important for children to know that they are in control of their own bodies and that other people don't have the right to invade their personal space etc - this not just cos of the fear of PEEEDOS but far more in the sense of laying the groundwork for healthy, respectful sexual relationships later on. I don't really see how quivering passively whilst a bloke chops your clothes off with scissors in front of a camera is really going to do that.

SkiBumMum Fri 02-Mar-12 09:00:13

Pinkstinks seem to be doing a great job

myfourbubbas1 Fri 02-Mar-12 10:00:02

gok wan!! amazing series on channel 4

NinthWave Fri 02-Mar-12 10:06:41

Excellent post Grumpla

StewieGriffinsMom Fri 02-Mar-12 10:31:40

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outnumbered1 Wed 07-Mar-12 10:15:41

nicky hutchinson and chris calland - two women who have worked wonders highlighting the issue of body image in their book , Body Image in the Primary School.. really pioneering.

Sunworshipper Fri 16-Mar-12 11:20:03

My vote goes to Changing Faces, an amazing charity that has literally transformed the lives of thousands of children with disfigurements so that they feel good about themselves and the way they look and have the confidence to walk down the street with their heads held high. Not only this - every child gets to learn ways to handle the comments, staring and bullying that are part of their every day life. Their Harry Potter workshops are legendary!

Buppy2012 Fri 16-Mar-12 13:05:06

I would like to nominate Changing Faces for promoting body confidence in children (and also in adults actually!) for all the reasons mentioned above plus their fantastic poster campaigns and involvement in Channel 4's series 'Beauty and the Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice' amongst many other things. A really great organisation.

Mellyf Sat 17-Mar-12 12:47:00

I'd like to nominate Chris Calland and Nicky Hutchinson who have written Body Image in the Primary School. They have really helped to improve awareness of this very important issue, not only for older children but for the primary and junior school age child.


PosiePumblechook Sat 17-Mar-12 12:48:18

TeaTowelQueen Wed 29-Feb-12 09:15:38
Cerrie from CBeebies, Ellie Simmonds, and the wonderful Gok, I loved his teen series best of all, useful for parents as well as children.

Oh and Adele, what a fabulous talent, grounded, dedicated and doesn't fit the pop stereotype on many different levels.

Completely agree.

Trba Wed 21-Mar-12 11:01:31

Stephanie Heart, campaigning and working with teenage girls, she runs interactive seminars that promote healthy self image and gives girls the chance to break the mould...

Jux Tue 03-Apr-12 11:20:54

Pink Stinks, definitely.

EmilyPollifaxInnocentTourist Tue 03-Apr-12 12:28:17

Another vote for Pink Stinks here.

Fillybuster Tue 03-Apr-12 13:08:12

For younger children: Cerie from CBeebies and Mr Tumble.

vogonmothership Tue 03-Apr-12 13:29:10

Cerrie - showing that it is normal to be different and your 'image' is not a barrier

Solo Tue 03-Apr-12 13:34:54


Solo Tue 03-Apr-12 13:39:35

Ooops! posted too soon.

Gok, because as children grow up, they will most likely forget Mr Tumble and Cerrie, but Gok is someone that will, because of his straight talking and massive personality stick in the minds of everyone throughout their teens and into adulthood.

AbigailAdams Tue 03-Apr-12 15:02:04

Can't quite believe the votes for a man who gropes women for a living. And then makes them change into a more societal ideal. Yeuch. I notice he doesn't do it to men either.

Changing faces sounds lovely (although I don't know much about them) and Pinkstinks is great.

However, Ellie Simmonds is my vote (thanks whoever suggested them).

maybeyoushoulddrive Tue 03-Apr-12 15:26:24

Helen Skelton is amazing and such a great role model. She is the living example of using her body to accomplish amazing things without seeming to care what she looks like doing them. My dd(8) loves her!

Please not Gok although I love him but I don't think he's truly about body confidence.

AliceHurled Tue 03-Apr-12 16:02:19

Pink stinks or Cerrie please

And another down vote for bloody Gok. He may talk the talk but he then continues to perpetuate the bollocks. And he uses his status to grope women. Please not him.

Wigginsbottom Tue 03-Apr-12 17:23:56

Pink Stinks! A brilliant, well-informed site with useful discussion and ideas.

MrsChemist Tue 03-Apr-12 17:39:59

Pink stinks

EmilyPollifaxInnocentTourist Tue 03-Apr-12 19:49:33

I loathe Gok Wan.

I can not believe he is being nominated when all he does is reinforce the idea that women are only worthy of attention if they meet patriarchal norms.

culturemulcher Tue 03-Apr-12 19:57:07

P.O.P. clothes - just what children's clothes should be: colourful, practical, fun. They're in no way "girly", just great unisex clothes... FANTASTIC if you've got a DD and DS. grin

They seem to be the only kids clothing company that treats kids as kids, not mini princes and princesses.

Shame about the price though sad

emdelafield Tue 03-Apr-12 20:28:18

Possibly only appeals to older children but I think Miranda Hart is excellent in a "good sport"/have a go sort of way.

She is very tall and not conventional looking but as she says "such fun" with energy and enthusiasm.

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