Today, Trailblazers launch their brand new campaign on body image. We’re releasing some of the findings of our survey into disabled people’s attitudes towards body image in which we heard from over 150 individuals. We surveyed individuals from October 2018 to July 2019.
Our survey found:
- Over 80% said their body image has a direct impact on their mental wellbeing
- Over half say the difficulties of finding clothing that suits their body shape has a direct negative impact on their body image
- Almost half say that the absence of people who look like them in mainstream media has a negative impact on how they feel about how they look
Lauren West, Trailblazers Manager, says:
Body Image is such an important topic for young disabled people. Difficulties finding suitable clothing, the lack of relatable bodies in the media, inaccessible shops all make it more difficult for young disabled people to have a positive body image. It’s no wonder then that 80% of survey respondents said their body image has negatively impacted their mental wellbeing. Trailblazers will campaign to remove these barriers which prevent many young disabled people from having a positive body image.
We now plan to start working with our members to tackle the barriers that stop young disabled people from having a more positive body image.
Trailblazers has now moved to pan-disability charity Whizz-Kidz (September 2020).