Ever had the niggling feeling that you want to be thinner? That maybe, if you could just lose those few pounds, life would be better? Eating disorders are affecting more and more young people and adults in the UK than ever before. And, even if we don’t suffer from a diagnosed eating disorder, we may find ourselves devoting precious time, energy, money and effort to the pursuit of ‘being thin’. Christianity magazine’s Lucinda Borkett-Jones spoke to presenter of Supersize Vs Superskinny and author of The Ministry of Thin Emma Woolf about her own journey with anorexia, and how we can escape the clutches of the thin ideal.
Last month, we were all captivated by Channel 4’s Porn on the brain documentary. The show followed Martin Daubney, former editor of Loaded, as he explored the impact of online pornography on teenage brains. Through the course of the investigation, it was proved for the first time that regular use of pornography can have an addictive effect, similar to that of alcohol or substance abuse. The programme also highlighted one teenager, Callum, whose addiction was shockingly severe. Martin spoke to Youthwork’s Jamie Cutteridge.
A few weeks ago, my life changed dramatically. It was not the significant shift to becoming editor of Youthwork mag (however large and wonderful) which caused this change. Neither was it the sheer drop in temperature or unpredictable weather patterns. It was not even the return of GBBO to our screens.
It was this simple fact: I got an iPhone.