Parliamentary group challenges negative body image

Yesterday in Parliament, Jo Swinson joined Conservative and Labour MPs to launch the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Body Image to address the increasing level of body dissatisfaction in the UK.

Launch of the APPG on Body Image


(L-R) Mary Glindon MP, Caroline Nokes MP, Duncan Stephenson (Central YMCA), Jo Swinson MP and Rosi Prescott (Central YMCA) at the launch of the APPG on Body Image

Joined by Central YMCA, who is providing the secretariat to the group, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone MP, fellow supportive MPs and industry experts, Jo welcomed the opportunity for cross-party MPs to challenge the root causes of negative body image.

The group will engage with key players in the advertising, fashion and media industries to promote body confidence, highlight areas of best practice and examine the causes and consequences of negative body image.

Commenting as Chair of the APPG on Body Image, Jo said:

“The pressure to conform to the impossible stereotypes we are bombarded with in the media, in advertisements and on the catwalk is overwhelming and damaging. Currently, one in four people in the UK are depressed about their bodies.

“The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image will work to promote body confidence in people of all ages. MPs of all parties are working together to build support on all sides of the House to take this important issue forward.”

Commenting further, Duncan Stephenson, Head of Public Policy and Campaigns at Central YMCA said:

“Through our work in the health and education sector we have identified body image anxiety as a challenge for young people – undermining confidence, self esteem and wellbeing. Central YMCA is committed to supporting the Campaign for Body Confidence.

“We hope that the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image, to which we provide the secretariat to, will help to raise the important issue of body image anxiety to MPs and a wider audience, and to identify what positive steps can be taken to enable people to be more body confident.”

For more information, please visit the group’s website –

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