The campaign was fuelled by Wan’s personal experiences of being bullied whilst at school for being too tall, mixed race and overweight, leading to the development of low self-esteem and a negative body image.
Now Wan makes a living from getting people to talk about and love their bodies, a mantra he would like to spread to children who feel they are under pressure to conform to a stereotype.
Wan began the campaign back in 2009, during which his body image petition received 50,000 signatures but could not be rushed through before the general election and has since been on the back burner.
However, Wan is now back with his campaign and has re-booted interest by teaching a body image class outside the House of Commons.
Wan says that talking about body image in front of peers could help teens to grow up more confident about their body image and he wants to see the introduction of the issue as part of personal social health and economic education classes.
“Every single child needs to talk about body dysmorphia”, he said. “We keep it really isolated and I think that injures us as we get older because it becomes habitual.
Wan is soon to launch his new TV show Gok’s Teens: The Naked Truth, a four part series which investigates teenagers and their body image.
Commenting on his campaign Wan said ”I’m not saying that kids will turn round and stop having eating disorders. I’m not saying that they will all of a sudden look in the mirror and say, ‘That’s it. I’m going to accept myself for who I am.”
“But just by opening up a dialogue and getting them to talk about it is as important as talking about maths or talking about science or talking about English”. He said.
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