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Body Hits: Body Beautiful - Series 1, Ep 2 Of 6
Body Hits: Body Beautiful - Series 1, Ep 2 Of 6 
This episode looks at the issue of body image and how it affects most of us in some way or another. In today's society even healthy living is taken to excess. Fuelled by the admiration heaped on minuscule pop stars and supermodels and superfit athletes and actors, in the Western world slim equals beautiful. Body image has become such an obsession that people follow dangerous diets, age their joints and muscles through obsessive exercise and spend much of their lives worrying about not being the right shape or size.

Overweight taxi driver Andy tries out a high protein meal plan in order to kick-start his diet.To his fitness instructor wife's bemusement, he fries up bacon and eggs for breakfast whilst she tucks into a bowl of muesli. After two weeks, both are surprised by the results. Dr Marsden explains how a high protein diet can be used for a limited time, if followed up by a more traditional healthy diet, as a good way to achieve weight loss.

Using software developed at the University of Aberdeen, compulsive dieter Helen finds out how realistic her perception of her body size is. She's surprised to discover that in terms of body shape, she estimates herself to be a stone heavier than she actually is.

To ex-bulimic Phil, working out is one of the most important things in his life. Although exercise addiction like his is rare, Dr Marsden explains how the endorphins released whilst training are probably responsible. But, as Phil now depends on this chemical rush, when he misses a gym session he feels agitated, gets sweaty palms and can't focus on anything until he's had his next "fix". Every day he spends at the gym is another day that he doesn't resort to throwing up as an alternative weight loss plan.
 

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Duration (mins) 30
Date of broadcast 9/4/2010
Time of Broadcast 18:30
Channel BBC Knowledge
Rating M
Price: AUD9.75
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