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Eve speaks out on social media and body image

A TEENAGER from Uttoxeter has signed up to a national campaign to highlight the issue of social media and body image.
Eve Millward, aged 17, has joined social media stars on Instagram and YouTube as part of the campaign launched by youth empowerment programme, National Citizen Service (NCS).
According to research by the organisation, 48 per cent of teenagers in the West Midlands said their appearance is influenced by what they see on social media.
Half of girls (47 per cent) have tried to lose weight by the age of 17 and a third (34 per cent) of boys feel pressured to be muscly.
Now, Eve – who participated in the NCS scheme last year – is joining YouTube mega stars Grace Victory and Luke is Not Sexy as well as TV psychologist Dr Anna Colton, to tackle teen body fears ahead of the summer.
Eve said: “In a way, my alternative sense of fashion and appearance is a direct product of my anxieties about body image and others’ perception of me.
“Social media has a big impact on the way I express myself, and it is only recently that I have been able to embrace my individuality.
“This partly came as a result of my experiences on NCS, where I heard a talk on body image.
“Finding out that many other young people suffer with similar anxieties and internal conflicts felt reassuring.
“Moreover, it highlighted to me just how unrealistic these ideological body images are and how social media can create a false sense of conformity and self esteem.
“I am now confident within myself and my own body image, and work every day to fully accept my own faults and imperfections.
“That’s why I’m so excited to be part of this campaign, with Insta and YouTube stars like Grace and Luke, as well as the amazing Dr Anna.”
Eve is urging young people from the Uttoxeter area to take part in NCS to boost confidence and tackle body fears.
As a programme that happens in the summer holidays, NCS is designed to help teens develop their confidence and is proven to have an impact on reducing anxiety in those who take part.
The national programme that is available in Staffordshire encourages young people to get involved with positive physical activity, which is widely recognised to help people feel better about their body.

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