Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image Contents



1 Introduction

This inquiry

2 The extent, causes and impact of negative body image

The extent of body dissatisfaction

Who is at risk?

The causes of negative body image

The impact of negative body image

Appearance-based discrimination

Government work on body image

3 How can we stop negative body image affecting our mental and physical health?

Eating Disorders

Impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic

Early intervention

BMI and weight-based discrimination

The Obesity Strategy

4 A positive body image for future generations

Body Image in School

National Child Measurement Programme

5 #NoFilter: is this advert real?

The Advertising Standards Authority and Body Image

Proposals for change

Image editing

Transport for London’s advertising policy

Government intervention and Online Advertising

6 Body image harms online

Social media

Advertising via social media

Are social media companies protecting their users from body image harms?


Online Harms legislation

Age verification

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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