Beach Body Issues

02 July 2018 | Becky White

The struggle is real when it comes to watching those beach-body-ready Love Island contestants every night. How can those bodies possibly be real?! The nation’s favourite reality programme is damaging the minds of youngsters, according to psychologists and health professionals. It’s hardly surprising given that all the contestants look as though they’ve lived in the gym for their entire lives.

Love Island does not look a bad place to be – a free holiday to Mallorca whilst sunning it up on comfy loungers and looking for love; who would turn that down?! It seems that it’s not all that easy to be a contestant, considering the Barbie-doll figures that take over our screens each night. Love island is well known for its ‘perfect’ bodies and dishing out a daily dose of drama, which is then widely shared on social media.

With weekly re-couplings and ‘muggy’ antics, there is plenty for Twitter users to be gossiping about. Another popular topic of discussion, it seems, is the unrealistic body expectations being set by the contestants as a result of plastic surgery. This is an issue which is being reinforced by accompanying plastic surgery adverts; not to mention the negative view this creates for the programme.

In a society where mental health is still not talked about as much as it should be, the NHS plans to place more emphasis on mental health, shining a positive light on their workers and their objectives. Dr Becky Spelman has called for a ban on plastic surgery adverts during the air of the show, according to The Mail Online. This is a fab idea, and one which would resonate well amongst people like myself who are made to feel guilty eating a bowl of ice cream whilst watching an advert for tummy-tuck operations.

On a typical episode of Love island, a contestant will describe who is ‘100% their type on paper’, whilst referring to an ultra-toned gym-goer who has muscles of steel. It’s no wonder young viewers are feeling like they need to join the gym and tone up for the summer. Some people, it seems, would prefer it if Love Island was stopped all together – but this is unlikely to happen given the popularity of the show. If plastic surgery adverts are taken down and more body diversity is introduced, this may help to reduce body confidence issues.