Your Amazing Mind

Body Image feat. Pip's story and Dr Phillippa Diedrichs

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Ever struggled to look in the mirror because you’re unhappy with what you look like?

In this episode hear Pip’s eloquent and honest account of how she has lived through some really challenging times with body image issues, and how she has learnt to manage them, before hearing from Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, world-renowned psychologist and specialist in body image.

Body image is essentially how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or at an image, or when you visualise yourself in your mind. This includes how we physically imagine ourselves, how we feel about our body, and how we think about its functioning. Societies, cultures, religion and lots of other external influences can change how we think about our body. Body image is also heavily gendered; many more women, and those that identify as women, and girls have body image issues, but this does not exclude others from having body image issues. Having a healthy body image might mean we are comfortable with how we look and function.


National Eating Disorders:

If you're a student at the University of Bristol you can request support here

For 24 hour support from the Samaritans: call 116 123 for free, or visit

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs:

Host Michael Pearson: Twitter @YAM_Pod / Insta yam_pod

An 18Sixty Production for the University of Bristol

Producer: Rowan Bishop