Sunday, 16 May 2010


 image above courtesy of Zoe Draper - Healthy Body Image.

Today I wanted share some news from the web about health, body image and nutrition:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is urging the media to stop promoting heroin chic and underweight models  to society. It is common knowledge that most glossy magazines use airbrushing and photo enhancement to  create a false body ideal. We are bombarded with images of celebrities with perfect bodies, skin, teeth and hair yet this is not really real. You only have to pick up a magazine targeting women to see advice on dangerous fad celebrity diets and ridiculous weight loss programmes. Dr Adrienne Key from the RCPsych has critiscied the media stating "There is a growing body of research that shows the media plays a part in the development of eating disorder symptoms – particularly in adolescents and young people. Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are serious mental illnesses. Although biological and genetic factors play an important role in the development of these disorders, psychological and social factors are also significant. That’s why we are calling on the media to take greater responsibility for the messages it sends out.”. Click here for the full press release.

We all know we should be eating our 5 a day but how many of us actually achieve this goal? Innocent has commissioned a new report looking at peoples knowledge of their 5 a day and whether this relates to what they actually do. Innocent believe that the 5 a day message is out there but is not being followed due to our fast paced consumer lifestyle where we can argue that we simply don't have time to eat properly. To find out more click here to see the Innocent and Healthcare Professional website.

Maintaining a healthy body , both inside and out, is certainly a challenge in today's world. We are constantly being told what is good for us and what is bad for us. I think the most important thing is to find healthy foods that you enjoy eating; don't eat something just because it is good for you. Eat little and often rather than pigging out on huge portions. Find an exercise that you really enjoy and is not a chore; pole dancing works for me because I never tire of learning new moves and always have something new to be learning. Pole dancing gives me a wonderful all-body workout with each move and combination working different parts of the body as well as releasing endorphins into the body to keep me mentally happy as well as physically fit.

Anyway enough rambling from me today. I have loads more work to do including the Pole Dance Community review of UK Pole Dance Day 2010, updates for the PDC pole dancing syllabus some food shopping and the dreaded housework. 

More news to follow,

Stay Healthy,

Sam x

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