Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has launched a 12-page guide aimed at tackling youngsters’ body hang-ups.And yes. It’s just the sort of twaddle and contradictory lunacy you’d expect from her.
It warns parents that comments about weight and body shape, as well as airbrushed images of celebrities, are damaging children’s self-esteem.*sigh*
A series of practical tips for ‘promoting a healthy body image’ urges parents to look at magazines and TV adverts with their children and point out where images are likely to have been digitally enhanced.Do you really think Sharon & Tracey are capable of the awesome deductive skills required for this?
They are also told to refrain from praising prettiness or thinness, comparing youngsters to celebrities or teasing them about their weight.
In further advice, which is likely to trigger claims of fuelling the nanny state, the online guide advises parents to ‘try not to complain about parts of your body you don’t like’.
‘Although it is difficult to feel confident about your body all the time, by appearing to be neutral or positive about your own appearance, you will be helping your child to develop their own body confidence,’ the pack says.Does ‘sticking your head in the sand’ similarly qualify as good advice for any other issues?
If a child complains ‘I’m fat’, parents should ‘discuss body diversity and how the beauty ideals they may be relating to lack diversity’.I can haz English translation, plz?
Mrs Featherstone said: ‘Young people are being set an impossible standard by images in media and advertising which can erode their self esteem.
‘As parents, we are often aware of these issues, but may not have the advice and guidance we need to talk to our children.
‘I want the pack to empower parents to have those difficult conversations.’Tell you what, Lynne, why don’t you pop along to your counterparts in the DoH and stop them sending out these letters, if you’re really so concerned about ‘body issues’?
It’ll do a lot more good than your