More than half of the UK population are dissatisfied with their bodies, according to a parliamentary report to be published on Wednesday.
The 80-page report was drawn up by MPs and Central YMCA, after a three-month public inquiry. It blames a combination of the media, advertising and celebrity culture for promoting a “body ideal” which is physically impossible for nearly 95% of the population.
So how should the church respond? The Evangelical Alliance asked this question in an article published today.
Here’s my thoughts:
“Body issues are spiritual as well as physical, and they tap into much deeper drives than a simple desire to copy the celebs. Long before the advent of plastic surgery, Paul had to address diet obsessions in Colosse, Galatia and Ephesus. This report highlights some of the issues in our poor body image and its recommendations are a useful start. But until we tackle the problem as a gospel matter, we’re in danger of being just as “skin deep” as the media we blame.”
What do you think?