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We asked Australians to share how they feel about their bodies and appearance, and how this impacts on their everyday life.
Here's what you told us.
1 in 2 people say their body weight and shape is pretty important compared to other things in life.
Over 40% of people are unhappy with their appearance.
73% of people wished they could change the way they look.
Nearly 1 in 2 people feel pressure to look a certain way.
Over 40% of people compare themselves to others on social media.
66% of people have been teased about their appearance.
1 in 2 people rarely or never speak positively about their appearance.
50% of people don’t do things they enjoy because of how they feel about their appearance.
Getting involved is easy, but incredibly powerful. Find out how you can join the convo to #CHANGETHECONVO for #LOVEYOURBODYWEEK below.
TAKE THE PLEDGE: Be one of the many Australians making a promise to change the conversation online by completing our pledge form.
POST YOUR PLEDGE: Download and print our pledge board in the resource hub and tell us how you will change the conversation by posting it online or sending to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our album. You can check out the pledges already made HERE.
JOIN THE CONVO: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share our positive messages or your own – don’t forget to hashtag #CHANGETHECONVO #LOVEYOURBODYWEEK
DONATE: Help Butterfly work towards a national health promotion campaign to support positive body image among Australians and change the conversation on a national scale. You can also take on a challenge and set up and Everyday Hero Page.
Love Your Body Week is Butterfly’s national awareness campaign supported by Sportsgirl. The campaign coincides with Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week and aims to raise awareness of body image concerns and promote body confidence in all Australians by celebrating body diversity. The campaign takes place in the first full week of September.
If you are interested in finding out more about Love Your Body Week 2018, please contact the following people.
Fundraising and Events
Sometimes we need a little help changing the conversation about our own bodies and appearance. If you are looking for some support, please contact:
Butterfly Foundation National Helpline
1800 33 4673
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