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# Self Esteem

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Voices
'I didn't wake up fat. The weight just crept on over the years'
Jules Coll had gastric bypass-surgery, as shown on RTÉ’s documentary Nine Stone Lighter. She wrote her new book, Flabyrinth, about how the weight loss was just the beginning.
Voices
Are sexy Halloween outfits empowering or degrading? That all depends on your sense of self
“You are a fat, worthless pig.” Words women say to themselves everyday, writes Lorraine Courtney, who questions whether hypersexualised Halloween outfits are empowering or degrading?
# you look disgusting
This blogger has made a powerful video on how social media makes us see ourselves
Em Ford began posting pictures of her makeup-free face online three months ago – and people were not kind.
Voices
Opinion: The Urban Outfitters ‘thigh gap’ ad sparked a rage in me – have we learned nothing?
As my little girl inevitably becomes more and more aware of the world around her, an awareness of her own shape and size is only just around the corner.
# Comfortable
Kids asked what they'd change about their bodies, school adults in body confidence
“Cheetah legs so I can run faster.”
# constantly taunting
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin opens up about being bullied at school: 'I used to be called Gaydhán Ó Queerdáin'
The Labour Minister of State said he stood out because he was tall.
Voices
Opinion: Yes, social media sometimes makes us feel alone – but it also shows we're not
In our haste to condemn all things Facebook and Twitter, let’s not forget they also present huge opportunities for realising we are not alone in our struggles.
# Social Media
Facebook leads to 'negative feelings' and poor body image - study
Researches in Glasgow found that it could have a more dramatic effect than traditional media.
Voices
Column: 'I was in a secret, emotionally abusive relationship with myself'
For years, my eating disorder controlled my life; no matter how thin I got, I wouldn’t be satisfied. It’s this symptom of anorexia that makes it so dangerous, writes Vicky Kavanagh.
# Jillian van Turnhout
Senator calls for child beauty pageant to be cancelled
The Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant is taking place in Dublin this weekend, but Jillian Van Turnhout said the contest has ‘no place in Ireland’.
# contest
'Beauty pageants do not sexualise children' says contest organiser
A child beauty pageant organiser who is bringing an American-style version to Ireland this year has hit back against criticism, stating these competitions have been in the US for over fifty years.
# Eating Disorders
Fad diet books encouraging "dangerous thinking" about body image
Bodywhys said the books can also act as a trigger for those who already have an eating disorder.
# Self Esteem
Online programme to support teens with self-esteem issues
The launch of the programme is to coincide with Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Voices
Column: 7 things to know about teenage drinking (and how to deal with it)
Are your teens heading to a New Year’s Eve party? Sheila O’Malley has some tips on how to navigate the issue of teenage drinking.
Voices
Column: The media is selling insecurity – but we don’t have to buy it
Eating disorders therapist Emma Murphy describes how images in the media affect her patients – and suggests a simple task for anyone considering a trip to the newsagent.
# bedwetting
Bedwetting can lead to low self-esteem in children
Some 46,000 children in Ireland suffer from bedwetting, a treatable medical condition, and many have low self-esteem as a direct result, a new survey has found.
# Facebook Depression
Doctors warn about Facebook use and teen depression
Social networking sites like Facebook can cause some young people suffering from low self-esteem to feel worse about themselves, doctors have warned.