"Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence speaks candidly in an interview with Glamour magazine confessing, "I hate saying, 'I like exercising.' I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat.'" Although she adds, "I do exercise! But I don't diet. You can't work when you're hungry, you know?"
For countless years the female of the species has been under enormous pressure about her appearance, and the struggle only appears to have got worse in recent years. It appears that the contagion of body image insecurity that has historically afflicted women is beginning to infect men. Last year Central YMCA collaborated with the Centre for Appearance Research and the Succeed Foundation to undertake a major piece of research to better understand men's attitudes to their appearance.
On Monday at the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Causes and Consequences of Body Image Anxiety in the UK, the media were on the stand. Hardly anyone from the media would give evidence - mainly because editors and publishers know the causes and consequences of body image anxiety and no one wants to admit their part in it.
I will never forget seeing a very short but very powerful film featuring a young girl being assailed with hundreds of images of physical perfection. As she stands, overwhelmed by idealised bodies and perfectly constructed faces, the tag line appears on the screen: talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.
Ladies: it's time to put down those sparkly shoes and pick up your shields, for the battle of the body types rages on and you've simply got to choose a size, sorry, side. No, no - no dithering. You're either one or the other and before you starting rambling on about 'healthy body image' just shut it.