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The Creation of Awareness This site has been created with the sole intention of generating awareness of the harm that is caused by appearance-related prejudgements. Through the internalisation of increasingly manipulative advertising imagery, a tendency has arisen for us to accept the representations of gender that we witness in the media as being realistically viable for all members of society to comply with. Subsequently, we have been conditioned to make judgements of both ourselves and others in analysing bodily characteristics which consumer culture dictates to us as being "socially acceptable." "Seeing Beyond the Boundaries" accentuates some of the most damaging implications of placing such a high value upon the physical appearance of human beings alone, and provides spectators with an incentive to transform attitudes towards appearance-related stereotyping. With information on BDD
Flemish Minister of Welfare, Health and Equal Opportunities, Mieke Vogels launched her campaign 'I am as I am and I am a good looker" on 22nd May. This general public campaign is meant to put the current beauty ideal into perspective. On 22nd May, ads appeared in papers and magazines. The campaign poster, with on its back information about the objective of the campaign, can be ordered through the Flemish info line. (0800/30201)
The attractiveness of average faces, Crétien van Campen. One would think a beautiful face to be rather rare. Compared to ordinary looking people, beautiful people are thin on the ground. One would suppose that there are many levels in attractiveness, with on the one side the unearthly beautiful people and on the other the extremely ugly, and in the middle the overwhelming majority of normal and average looking people. The opposite seems to be true.Not only psychological studies, but also artistic studies, have pointed out that average faces are considered to be the most attractive, however a face that is 'too average' loses its beauty
ZORRA (Dutch acronym for (Z) See, (O) Trace, and (R) Respond to (R) Role patterns in
(A) Advertising and other media products in Flanders (Belgium))
Help ZORRA to warn the advertising world against using the slim to super slim body in advertising unnecessarily. ZORRA collects signatures and hands them to the JEP (Jury for Ethical Practices concerning advertising in Belgium), together with the ads received.
You can find the results of the petition with examples of advertisements at:
Join our campaign: we want big models for big sizes! Look at these pictures. They are taken from the Wehkamp and Neckermann catalogues. The clothing modelled is especially targeted at women with big sizes. What can you see? The models themselves do not have big sizes! Grote Schoonheid says it cannot be like that. That is why we have started a campaign: Big models for big sizes. We want to convince the clothing industry that clothing for "big"women has to be shown on "big" models. We want to to hand over a petition to Wehkamp and Neckermann signed by over 5,000 respondents and therefore, we need your signature too. Surf to our site, fill in the campaign form and send your virtual signature to "Grote Schoonheid". Join us! For women over size 42, it is often difficult to buy nice clothes. Often the clothing offered is old-fashioned or baggy. The clothing industry does not seem to believe that also big women can and want to look good.

Adbusters en MediaWatchers
About Face is a website about the image of women in advertising, with great emphasis on the ever slimmer models. Using research data, our site shows that women are left with a negative self-image from super slim models.
'' is a Belgian website about eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and orthorexia. '' is also a centre for prevention and ambulant psychotherapeutic treatment of eating disorders, which was established by An Vandeputte.
The Turn Beauty Inside Out Campaign, is an ongoing public education effort started by New Moon® Magazine and now coordinated by Mind on the Media. This is a collaborative effort to foster participation, discussion and awareness of girls’ images in the media. For 2003 we are focusing on images and portrayals of girls and women in advertising. Your support is integral to making this project a success at local, national and international levels.

A fairly new site, originally in French, but now also available in English and Dutch for and about obese people. Welcome to rondinet! The Belgian site for fat people, maybe, a little bit, up to your ears or not at all…
French site about accepting being fat .
All those ideas about what is beautiful or ugly do not always make things easier. It is often difficult to talk about this topic, or you're just afraid to. The Kinder- en Jongerentelefoon (child and youth helpline) offers a listening ear.
This is one of those sites of which you immediately think: where did they get that idea. You can put your own picture on the net and have others vote about how attractive/ugly/hot…you are. No further comment… see for yourself. And if you cannot get enough of this kind of "attractiveness tests", try these (on your own responsibility…): or or or or or or About eating disorders, anorexia nervosa …binge eating disorder… In America, people have been familiar with the problem for quite some time, but also in the Netherlands, obesity, or just 'fatness' in plain English, is growing to an alarming extent. Parents Online points out an alarming trend, and gives tips to solve the problem. This mini file contains two articles: Campaign for chubby children (tips and analysis); Work book for chubby children (book review). When you go to this site, ideal faces pop up. Right away, you will find yourself in an experimental program to check what perfect men's/women's faces look like. The faces have been put together by internet users. You can also participate in the experiment, and afterwards, you can see the preliminary results. (for further information also see news reports "face prints") Who am I? Am I happy? Am I satisfied with what I have and what I am? What do I want to achieve? What do others think of me? Am I doing what I really want to do? These are questions everybody asks once in a while. In a large-scale research by the faculty of psychology of the University of Nijmegen, you can find a survey about how people think about themselves, their lives and their relationships with others. About what makes them happy, what their goals are, how they feel, when they (do not) reach these goals. In brief, the fundamental question is: what moves people? As from 15th December 2002 on, you can participate in the research. We would love to see you again at this site from that date! German website which examines physical attractiveness and the possibility to participate
online in scientific experiments
If you think teenagers are overly concerned with their appearance, CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith says you're probably right. But now some young girls are working to change that. New Moon, a teen magazine with no diet tips, no ads for the latest jeans and no dating advice, is run by young women age 8 to 14. And it is read by about 30,000 girls worldwide. One of the things the magazine does annually is sponsor a beauty contest that has nothing to do with looks. "I'm beautiful because I'm smart and funny," says Olivia. "I'm beautiful because my mind is unique," declares Drew. "I think I'm beautiful because I love my family," explains Sunny. The girls are hoping to start a new beauty trend that's not about what's "in" or "out," but what's inside. More role models than supermodels, the girls are featured in the "25 Beautiful Girls" issue of New Moon magazine. BodyPositive looks at ways we can feel good in the bodies we have. Remember, your body hears everything you think. How to Make the Argument for Size Acceptance. What do you say when everyone around you is dieting?200 Ways to Love the Body You Have Read our selection from Marcia Hutchinson's wonderful book:
If you fail to love your body, what will you miss out on? Our mission is to empower people of all ages to celebrate their natural size and shape instead of what society promotes as the ideal body. Welcome to Health Initiatives for Youth . You have the right to ask difficult questions and expect real answers. You have the right to have good friends, get a great education, feel safe and be healthy. You have the right to expect the most from your friends, teachers, doctors, coaches, counselors and parents! Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) has one mission - to improve the health and well being of young people. HIFY believes youth are their own best advocates. HIFY believe that youth and adults in partnership create opportunity and community. HIFY believes that communities must work together to change the system and improve lives. Come on in! If you're a youth, ask us questions and read our zines…if you're a parent, teacher or provider of youth services, check out our providers guides, training opportunities and community actions. Learn more about us and create ways to make an even greater difference in the lives of the young people with whom you live and work. A not-for-profit advocacy organization working to end discrimination against people who are heavier than average. The MISSION of the International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA) is to promote SIZE ACCEPTANCE and fight SIZE DISCRIMINATION throughout the world by means of advocacy and visible, lawful actions.
ISAA's primary purpose is to end the most common form of size discrimination and bigotry--that against fat children and adults; ISAA will strive to defend the human rights of members affected by other forms of size discrimination as well. ISAA defines SIZE DISCRIMINATION as any action which places people at a disadvantage simply because of their size. ISAA defines SIZE ACCEPTANCE as acceptance of self and others without regard to weight or body size. Largesse, the Network for Size Esteem is an international clearinghouse for information on size diversity empowerment. Our mission is to create personal awareness and social change which promotes a positive image, health and equal rights for people of size. Since 1986 we have been helping to link individuals, groups, businesses and professionals in the size rights community with information, support and each other. Founded in 1969, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support. WHAT DOES NAAFA DO? The purpose of NAAFA is to: Work towards providing equal opportunity for fat people wherever obstacles and/or discrimination exist.
Disseminate information about the sociological, psychological, legal, medical, and physiological aspects of being fat. Advocate and sponsor responsible research about the various aspects of being fat. Empower the large number of people regarded by the medical profession as "obese" to accept themselves, to live more fulfilling lives, and to promote acceptance of fat people within society. Serve as a forum where issues affecting fat people can be discussed in an unbiased setting Body Image and Health Inc. is a not-for-profit, health promotion organisation which works for social change - with the fitness, fashion, media and advertising industries, health and education professionals, government and the research community - so that people of all shapes and sizes can feel good about, and care for their bodies and themselves.In the early 1990’s, a group of health professionals became concerned at the high levels of unhealthy dieting among women, and the pressure on women and girls to conform to a very thin body ideal. They established Body Image and Health Inc and introduced International No Diet Day (May 6) to Australia, to inform Australians about the dangers of dieting and warn against the promotion of unrealistic body ideals. Did you know? Young girls who are significantly underweight may be at risk for weak bones. To learn more Learn more about our Listen to Your Body print campaign Mirror, mirror on the wall... a new course gives insight into dissatisfaction with appearance.
Insecurity, dissatisfaction with or slight concern about appearance is a normal phenomenon which passes or becomes manageable as time goes by. Some people are so occupied with their (often alleged) ugliness, that their day-to-day functioning is very seriously disrupted. These people suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The department of Clinical Psychology has organised a course for this target group, which is given in the Netherlands for the first time. The OCD-friends site is meant for people who suffer from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), also known as obsessional neurosis. OCD is a disorder, through which the quality of life is considerably affected by fear, obsessional thoughts and acts. People who suffer from this or who want to know more about it have come to the right place. People suffering from BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) can join the OCD-friends to exchange experiences. On this site, you can find more information about BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). Some more information: what is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? People with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) worry about their appearance. They worry, for example, that their skin is scarred, their hair is thinning, their nose is too big, or something else is wrong with how they look. When others tell them that they look fine or that the flaw they perceive is minimal, people with this disorder find it hard to believe this reassurance. People with BDD think a lot about their perceived appearance flaw, generally for at least an hour a day. Some say they're obsessed. Most find that they don't have as much control over their thoughts about the body flaw as they would like. The Body Image Program is one of the few specialty programs in the country for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and similar body image concerns. It is directed by Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. She works with Fedra Najjar, M.D, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Butler Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Phillips is internationally known for her expertise in Body Dysmorphic Disorder Presentation of Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Recognizing and Treating Imagined Ugliness
Katharine A. Phillips, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, Providence, RI January 8, 2001 In Pursuit of Perfection: A Primary Care Physician's Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder JAMES R. SLAUGHTER, M.D., and ANN M. SUN, M.D. Body dysmorphic disorder is an under-recognized chronic problem that is defined as an excessive preoccupation with an imagined or a minor defect of a localized facial feature or body part, resulting in decreased social, academic and occupational functioning. Patients who have body dysmorphic disorder are preoccupied with an ideal body image and view themselves as ugly or misshapen. Comorbid psychiatric disorders may also be present in these patients. Body dysmorphic disorder is distinguished from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa that encompass a preoccupation with overall body shape and weight. Psychosocial and neurochemical factors, specifically serotonin dysfunction, are postulated etiologies. Treatment approaches include cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and psychotropic medication. To relieve the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, in higher dosages than those typically recommended for other psychiatric disorders, may be necessary. A trusting relationship between the patient and the family physician may encourage compliance with medical treatment and bridge the transition to psychiatric intervention. (Am Fam Physician 1999;60:1738-42.)

Mirror mirror: Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Windows Media Player Movie 4,29 min) Streaming Vdieo July 8, 2001 Reporter: Tara Brown, Producer: Kathryn Bonella. Chiara Noakes Is the media responsible for many women's poor body image? In a world where looks and image are everything, imagine feeling too ugly to even step out the front door, so ugly that you wanted to kill yourself.It might sound ridiculous, but for victims of a little known mental illness, it's a daily reality. No-one knows what causes Body Dysmorphic Disorder but it leaves once healthy teenagers crippled by their imagined ugliness.It's insidious and it's potentially deadly. In what is one of the hardest things they'll ever do, four brave victims step forward to tell Tara Brown their story Bron : A comprehensive site for victims of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Neysa Jane, described as beautiful on the inside and out, felt she was too ugly to beloved. On February 19th, 2000, she lost her battle with BDD at the age of 26. Now, Kathleen Powley has created the Neysa Jane Body Dysmorphic Disorder Fund in loving memory of her daughter. Her aims are to educate the public and health care professionals about the disorder, as well as support research. Bonjour, J'ai créé cette page web afin d'aider ceux qui souffrent de dysmorphophobie et de les guider vers des sites suceptibles de leur apporter une aide.Je souffre moi même de dysmorphophobie depuis l'âge de 5 ans ( j'en ai maintenant 26). Cette condition difficle et encore très peu connue du grand publique est la cause de nombreux suicides et opérations chirurgicales inutiles chaque année. J'espère que dans ces pages vous trouverez une aide qui vous permettra de trouver les aides nécessaires pour lutter et améliorer votre quotidien. Klutch
Hello, I created this website to help those who suffer from dysmorphophobia and to guide them towards sites fit to help them. I myself have been suffering from dysmorphophobia since the age of five (I am 26 now). This difficult situation, which is less known, is the cause for numerous suicides and unnecessary surgical operations every year. Hopefully, you will find the help you need to fight this disorder and improve your triviality on this site. Klutch Charity has no limits. A 23 years old American student, named Michel, asks on her own website people on the whole world to give her the money toaugment her breasts. She needs 4500 dollar."I made this site because I have been considering breast augmentation for many years and would like support getting there. I do just fine with padded bras (BestForm hidden pushups, 34A), but I think augmented boobs look nice, and I think a lot of other people do too."

Thoughts of inner beauty.

The state of Minnesota will celebrate Inner Beauty - the beauty of conviction, caring and action - on May 21 with the third anniversary of Turn Beauty Inside Out Day. In celebration of the day, the Turn Beauty Inside Out campaign has teamed with the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA for a fun and unique fundraiser.