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The Body Chronicles

From the influence of the media and social comparisons to our own personal journeys, three women share their struggles with body image and creating a healthy body and mind
HAIR & MAKE-UP: SADAF AHMAD

“I wouldn’t even try new activities because I was so worried about my appearance”

PAULA HINES, 41, YOGA TEACHER AND WRITERB

Ever since i was a child, i’ve been overweight. i was 11 years old when i was first sent to a dietician by the doctor, and from then on i was on and off diets until my late 20s, when i finally gave up and thought, ‘this isn’t worth it.’ at my biggest, i was a size 22 and felt hugely negative about my body. i would avoid doing things like going swimming or on beach holidays because i didn’t want to be seen in a swimming costume. i wouldn’t even try new activities because i was so worried about my appearance.

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