Body Image, Self Esteem, Body Confidence
A young person’s relationship with their body has a measurable impact on their academic potential and their career choices, as well as their health and happiness.
A recent study found that 48% of teenage girls avoid every day school activities like sport, drama, public speaking and even raising their hand in class because of body image related concerns. 87% of them believe they are judged more on their looks than their abilities.
Yet body confidence wobbles don’t just affect girls, with several high profile cases in recent years of young men abusing steroids, exercising compulsively and developing eating disorders.
Natasha Devon has a decade’s experience of working with teenagers of both genders to increase their self-esteem. Her ‘Love the Skin You’re In’ presentation teaches students three simple, every day skills they can use to promote positive body image. Incorporating modern considerations such as the role of the internet, social media and reality TV shows, the presentation also looks at fundamental communication skills and empowers teens to create a ‘highself-esteem environment’ within their own school community.
The Love the Skin You’re in presentation can also be adapted for teachers and parents. Natasha’s book ‘Fundamentals: A Guide for Parents & Teachers on Mental Health & Self-Esteem’ was published in January 2015.
Natasha Devon is a journalist – she writes for the Independent, Telegraph and has a column in Cosmopolitan Magazine. She is also a TV pundit, appearing regularly on Sky News and This Morning and was one of Gok Wan’s team of Body Confidence Experts for the channel 4 documentary ‘Gok’s Teens: The Naked Truth’. She can therefore offer a unique perspective from both sides of the media divide.
Natasha is part of the think-tank that advises the government on PSHE and campaigns for better body image and mental health practice in schools and in the media. In 2014, she was given an award at the House of Commons recognising her services to education. She has also been named a Mental Health Association ‘Hero’, one of Britain’s Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs and Cosmopolitan’s ‘Ultimate Woman of the Year’.