First Steps ED
First Steps ED is offering young people the opportunity to experience our unique, course of five interactive workshops which aim to promote positive changes to help young people feel more comfortable in their bodies which will improve both mental and physical wellbeing.
Many young people develop low self-esteem from hang-ups about looks, and consequently, fail to reach their full potential in later life. In response to this, First Steps ED have created a course of five workshops, that aims to give young people the tools to build positive self-esteem, and provide a platform for group discussion on image-related concerns.
Why is positive self-esteem so critical?
Experts agree that self-esteem directly impacts the lives of adolescents. The statistics are clear:
60% of girls worldwide avoid certain activities due to feeling bad about their looks (Dove global study, 2010);
Looking at fashion magazines for just 60 minutes lowers the self-esteem of over 80% of young people (Dr Raj Persuad, Consultant Psychiatrist at London’s Maudsley Hospital); and
30% of UK pupils often “worry about the way I look” (Ofsted’s Tell us 3 survey, 2008
According to Professor Nicola Rumsey at the Centre for Appearance Research, body image issues are implicated in:
The uptake of smoking (particularly in girls)
Disordered eating (binging, purging & extreme food restriction in girls; protein powders and steroids in boys)
Alcohol misuse (to reduce inhibitions around body image in social situations)
Exercise avoidance (fears about wearing revealing clothes)
So by helping our young people to grow up with body confidence equips them with an important skill for life.
About the Body Image Awareness Workshops
First Steps ED is offering young people the opportunity to experience our unique, interactive workshops which are proven to improve their Body Image, and give an understanding of how the media portrays a negative body image, that is unrealistic and false.
What is Body Image?
Effects of Media on Body Image
Accepting Change & Self-Care
This set of five workshops are delivered several times per year, all over Derbyshire.