13 April

#HarlotHappyBody

If you read the first part of my body confidence blog you’ll have realised that body confidence is really important to me. Not only from a personal stand point, but I want people to know there is another option. We don’t all have walk around feeling like we’re not good enough. Let’s face it, life is tough enough already!

This is especially important when we look at the alarming eating disorder statistics. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.

We have teamed up with Freed Beeches for 2014, who offer a fantastic support service for anyone suffering with eating issues.

Here’s some facts directly from their website:

The facts:

1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder:

  • 11% of sufferers are men.
  • 10% of sufferers are anorexic.
  • 40% of sufferers are bulimic.
  • 50% may be diagnosed with an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) or Binge Eating Disorder (BED).
  • 45% of sufferers with Anorexia and Bulimia make a full recovery, whilst many others can improve considerably.
  • 79% of families affected by eating disorders suffer lasting damage. 12% get the support they need.

To help spread the message of body positivity, encourage everyone to show themselves a bit of love and raise awareness for Freed Beeches, we’ve decided to launch the #harlothappybody campaign!

The idea is you can shoot a picture of something about yourself that you’re proud of, maybe your roller derby thighs for example – draw a smiley face in marker on it if you can. Or it could be something about your body that you don’t normally like also with a smiley face to show yourself a bit of love.

Not so confident? Just a fully clothed mirror selfie, or maybe even yourself before/during/post work out would be fabulous!

Tweet us, Facebook us, Instagram to tell us you’re on board… just don’t forget to tag your pics with the hashtag #HarlotHappyBody to support our efforts to make women and men out there feel better about the beautiful body they were given.

By Finn Furious

Showing my arms some overdue love!

Me showing my arms some overdue love!

 

coco #harlothappybody

Coco sharing her marvellous bottom #happyharlotbody

 

"Thigh muscle knobbly but working knee calf muscle; I love them all"

“Thigh muscle knobbly but working knee calf muscle; I love them all” – Wren E. Gade

 

"I'm most proud of my chest scars, they are like my own personal tattoos that no-one else has. They each tell a story, sometimes I may tell a white lie and say I got them from travelling through the Shire, or that I took an arrow to it.  I'm not afraid to wear low cut tops or dresses, why should I be afraid to hide myself from stares.  My chest scars are reminders that I am a fighter/survivor/warrior all in one, so yeah I'm most proud of my chest scars. I also don't mind my 'chest' but didn't want to sound egotistical!" - Baby Stripes

“I’m most proud of my chest scars, they are like my own personal tattoos that no-one else has. They each tell a story, sometimes I may tell a white lie and say I got them from travelling through the Shire, or that I took an arrow to it.
I’m not afraid to wear low cut tops or dresses, why should I be afraid to hide myself from stares.
My chest scars are reminders that I am a fighter/survivor/warrior all in one, so yeah I’m most proud of my chest scars. I also don’t mind my ‘chest’ but didn’t want to sound egotistical!” – Baby Stripes

 

...and the fabulous belly that started it all - Bunnie Suicide

…and the fabulous belly that started it all – Bunnie Suicide