We have now completed a series of successful summits in London, Buenos Aires, New York, Sao Paulo and Melbourne, which attracted wide media attention, and interest in more activity.
Following the summits, we are moving forward on many fronts, both nationally in all participating countries, and internationally with a global agenda. In the course of this, we have changed our name to ‘Endangered Bodies’, as we recognize the need for an umbrella term that includes women and all others that are affected.
Susie Orbach, convenor of the UK chapter of Endangered Bodies at our London summit in March 2011
Our activity in the UK
Our group in the UK remains dedicated to changing visual culture. In what we see as an integral element of this, we are placing focus on the diet industry, examining its role in wreaking havoc with appetites and lives while it builds huge profits.
We will be looking at the history of the diet industry, the BMI, the way in which it has penetrated our thinking about food, how it has captured governmental thinking on health and so on.
We are also pleased to see the formation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Body Confidence in the UK. We will continue to be active in Body Confidence initiatives undertaken by Jo Swinson and Lynne Featherstone.
In January of 2012, we announced the Ditching Dieting Campaign. We will be building more concrete campaigns, events and strategies through which you can contribute and become involved.