The 32-year-old body image campaigner recently wrote an open letter to magazine editors urging them to stop publishing ‘reckless’ diets, which could be putting readers’ health at risk.
Not only do these ‘miracle diets’ promote an unhealthy way of thinking about eating, they also fuel body insecurities and send the message that women must be thin to be attractive or accepted.
As well as criticising the media, Miss Swinson also urged women to be more supportive of each other.
“So when your sister or your friend is standing there and moaning about whether she looks really fat, and actually she looks gorgeous, tell her so and support each other,” she said.
There is nothing healthy about hating your own body just because you don’t look like the women featured in magazines. As Miss Swinson argued, magazines only represent a very small minority of women and editors could do a lot more to represent a wider range of shapes and sizes.
Sadly, much of the diet industry is fuelled by insecurity and unhappiness. If women could stop criticising themselves, and instead stand up against these unrealistic ideas of beauty, perhaps the industry would follow suit and we could finally break this destructive cycle.
Women should not have to base their self-worth on what they look like. Valuing yourself and taking care of your body is infinitely more important than trying to fit into a pair of tiny jeans.
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