British Psychological Society Public Lecture

British Psychological Society Public Lecture

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Title of the public lecture:

“Stop ‘Fixing’ Bodies, Start Fixing the World”: The causes and consequences of body image dissatisfaction and effective ways to promote body positivity.

A brief description of the talk:

Up to 70% of young people are unhappy with their bodies and appearance, which is concerning given that body image can impact key areas of our lives. This talk will provide a brief snapshot of research into causes, consequences and most effective strategies for improving body image as well as providing practical tips and signpost effective school, online, community-based programs that promote body positivity and acceptance of diversity in appearance.

About the speaker:

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs is an applied research psychologist with an international reputation for developing and evaluating evidence-based strategies to improve body image in community, education, corporate, and policy settings on a global scale. She has co-created body image interventions that have been delivered through trail-blazing industry and community partnerships to over 20 million young people across 142 countries. Her research has received international media attention in outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC, and is featured in teaching case studies at Harvard’s Business School and T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

With a PhD in health psychology from The University of Queensland (Australia), Phillippa is passionate about working in partnership to create environments that accept diversity in appearance and support individuals, particularly girls and women, to live free from the constraint of appearance concerns. As a Professor of Psychology at the Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England (UK), she leads a team of researchers responsible for co-creating and evaluating body image interventions, including school and youth group workshops, animated ‘edutainment’ cartoons for children, gaming apps, e-books, and websites.

To find out more about Prof Diedrichs' research:

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Centre for Appearance Research website:

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Good girls eat dinner:

26 Feb 2019 at 6:30pm
until 26 Feb 2019 at 8:30pm
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square

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