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Gok Wan’s Campaign to Include Body Image Lessons in PSHE

Friday 20th May 2011

Gok Wan, the presenter of ’How to Look Good Naked’ started his campaign for educating children about body dysmorphia in 2009, and this year has decided to relaunch his efforts. He wants the government to add it to the school curriculumsaying: “Every single child needs to talk about body dysmorphia”. Gok Wan’s next TV show concentrates on teenagers perception of their bodies and is called “Gok’s Teens: The Naked Truth”, which is a four-part series to be shown on Channel 4 later this year.

Gok Wan’s campaign focuses on the need for schools to educate teenagers about body image, and he wants it to be talk as part of the PSHE (Personal Social Health & Economic) lessons. Gok believes that talking about body image, body hatred and dysmorphia will bring the subject out into the open, and those suffering from it will feel less isolated. Although he admits that kids won’t stop having eating disorders he hope that by opening a dialogue more of them will be able to open up and talk their issues and fears. The TV star taught a class outside the House of Commons in an attempt to highlight the need to get the issue into the school curriculum across the UK.

Read the full story on the BBC website


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