Jo receives Beat’s Parliamentarian of the Year Award
Jo has been presented with an award from eating disorder charity Beat for her work promoting healthy and positive body image.
At the awards ceremony in Parliament this week, Jo received the Award given to the Member of Parliament who has done the most to improve services for people with eating disorders, raised awareness and championed their constituents.
Jo was praised for her role founding the Campaign for Body Confidence, raising awareness of the impact of dangerously thin and unrealistic body images portrayed in the media.
Commenting, Jo said:
“I am honoured to receive the Parliamentarian of the Year award from Beat, a charity that provides vital support and practical help to the many people who are affected by eating disorders. The annual event was inspiring and showed the wonderful work of those making Beat a success, whether through fundraising or the ambassadors using their own experiences to help others.
“We must work to raise awareness of the impact of the idealised and unrealistic body images in the media that are damaging people’s notions of body confidence. Increasing discontentment with our own bodies is leading to dangerous consequences – the need to beat eating disorders is more pressing than ever.”
Commenting, Beat Chief Executive Susan Ringwood said:
“Jo has spearheaded a national campaign that challenges notions of body image. Her anti-airbrushing work has challenged the media to think again about how it represents female beauty, calling for greater responsibility and challenging the digital manipulation of photographs and images.
“The Campaign for Body Confidence has brought together many groups and is influencing both government and media. We are delighted to recognise and support her work in this way.”
For more information about the work Beat does, visit http://www.b-eat.co.uk/Home