Tuesday, 14 May 2019

DAY TWO MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK | BODY IMAGE Q&A WITH... MUM OF THREE, ELLIE MCWADE


Name: Ellen                  
Age: 29
Location: North East 


Why did you agree to take part in this Q&A?

I’m interested in the results and happy to share my experience


At what age do you think you first began to take notice of your body image?

Probably as early as 6 or 7!


What made you take notice?

Other children in school comparing themselves and each other


Would you say that your thoughts on your body image began as positive or negative?

Definitely negative



Why do you think that was?

I had short hair, wasn’t sporty and felt completely different from the popular girls


How have your thoughts on your body image changed over time?

I’m definitely more accepting of my body and look at it in a positive light. It’s given me 3 children and I admire that


In what way do you think your thoughts on your body image impact your mental health?

Once I get it in my head that I don’t like the way I look it can make me feel depressed about other areas in my life


What do you think about the media’s portrayal of body image?

Disgusting. Constant body shaming, unrealistic ideal etc.


If you could say one thing (about body image) to people, what would it be?

Your body is the only one you’ll have it. Love it without hesitation.