What is The Body Gossip Education Programme?
Each of the Self-Esteem Team teachers will draw on their own experiences in the first part of the lesson. However, they do NOT:
Go into specifics about weights and sizes;
Speak about HOW a person might self-harm or conduct eating disordered behaviour;
Enter into communication about ‘ideal’ weights or sizes;
Deliberately cause students distress – whilst some of the topics are difficult, we always approach them with humour and sensitivity and try to ensure that everyone is comfortable.
Our lessons are mainly focussed on the emotional and psychological aspects of body image as well as the effect of the media and advertising.
If asked about eating and exercise, we will of course note the importance of physical activity (as long as not obsessive) and of ensuring the diet includes all the necessary food groups.
Body Gossip supports the ‘health at any size’ ethos. We believe that the key to good physical health lies in lifestyle and cannot be assessed by body shape. We also believe physical and mental health must work in balance.
We are against dieting and pro mindful eating.
Coppafeel Breast Cancer Awareness Classes
We strongly recommend that our Body Gossip classes are accompanied by a visit from Coppafeel, a charity which helps young people understand the breast cancer signs to look out for and how to check themselves. We have worked closely with Coppafeel and know that their ethos and teaching methods are completely in line with our own.
For more information go to: http://coppafeel.org/what-we-do/boobettes/