On 17th November our national conference took place in Brighton and was attended by attended from delegates from UK and abroad.
The theme for the conference was: ‘Exploring Body Dissatisfaction in Men and Improving Their Self-esteem.’
We’d like to thank the speakers of the conference, who included: Debbie Roche (Chairperson) & founder of No To Eating Disorders, Sam Thomas (Founder & Director), Natasha Devon MBE as keynote, Dr Rob Willson (Therapist & Chair of the Body Dysmorphic Foundation), Danny Bowman (MGEDT Vice Chair & Mental Health Campaigner for Parliament Street & Founder of Bowman Foundation),James Downs (Eating Disorder & Mental Health Advocate), Scott Griffiths, (body and muscle dysmorphia researcher from Australia) Jenny Langley (Author of Boys Get Anorexia Too & Trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust), Maggie Morgan and Chris Podszus (Director of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement & Policy, Public Affairs and Research Officer at Fixers on Wellcome Trust funded ‘Feel Happy Fix) and Norweigan of Sports Sciences and our partners at As You Are. The conference was hosted by our lovely Dave Chawner (Ambassador).
Feedback from the conference was overwhelmingly positive from delegates who attended:
“Your organisation feels welcoming, Impassioned, inclusive, open and accessible. Direct/Honest – the day was a good combination of fact and stories, videos and interesting speaches and activities. It went by quickly!”
“Amazing and engaging speakers. Great to hear a range of topics including lived experiences.”
“I really enjoyed the speech from Jenny Langley was inspirational and passionate.”
“The hope from presenters. Seeing the lack of research in this area and the need for more!”
“I think that what made the conference so impactful and effective is the level of personal experience showed. Thank you to all of the contributors and presenters.”
Overall, 40 delegates attended from a range of professional backgrounds.
Our next conference is to take place in 2019 to coincide with our ten year anniversary. Watch this space for details….