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Who you are is more than how you look.
60% of girls opt-out of everyday activities because of how they think they look. Around half of adolescent boys are unhappy with their bodies. (stats via UWE/Dove research).
Young people’s happiness is at its lowest since 2010. Increasingly, many young people are sourcing their identities from social media and advertising, and in the process losing their self-esteem, which is one of the reasons why our campaign is called #liedentity.
Bishop Rachel said, “I long for every young person to discover their worth as a unique individual created in the image of God and to find happiness as they go on becoming who they have been created to be.”
The Liedentity Conference was on 20th February 2018; a full media package including videos, photos and associated content is available below, and you can engage with the ongoing discussions via Twitter.
Teaching resources and content
Videos: please share
The video below kicked-off our conference: we asked teenagers from across the region how image-first social media made them feel. We had some amazing responses:
Photos from the Liedentity conference
Working in partnership:
UWE Centre for Appearance Research
The Children’s Society
The Good Childhood Report
Teens in Crisis
Mentoring & courses: Flourish
NHS: On Your Mind website
Dove: Real Beauty
Cyber bullying: Alex Chalk MP
Bible Reading Fellowship: Messy Church
Asha: Peel campaign
All Saints School
Bishop Rachel said, “We are bombarded with messages of what the ‘perfect body image’ is, and for many this undermines true identity. We know that for these young people having negative thoughts about how they look can impact on their entire life, causing deep unhappiness and contributing to poor mental health.
“Over the last couple of years I have been speaking publically about this issue and promoting the message that who you are, is more than how you look. I launched a social media campaign #liedentity with pupils from All Saints Academy in Cheltenham, challenging negative body image and encouraging young people to look within to discover true value and beauty. This has given me a great opportunity to speak with young people about my own identity in Christ and my desire for every person to discover their worth and potential as a unique individual created in the image of God.”
Have your say
If you would like to tell us your story, or share work and resources that challenge negative body image in young people, we would love to hear from you!
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