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What not to say this Easter (and what to say instead)

BY Zali Yager

We’ve all been there – those awkward first five minutes of a family gathering when you’re standing around in the kitchen making small talk with people you haven’t seen in 12 months, searching your brain for something, ANYTHING to say.

Out of desperation, people will often default to what’s right in front of them: appearance. But even a throwaway comment about how someone looks or what they’re wearing – particularly when it’s directed at young people – can have an impact long after the dishes have been put away and Grandad’s fallen asleep on the couch.

The safest option? Not to comment on anyone’s appearance at all. But we know it’s not always that simple, so we’ve put together this guide to make sure you (or your parents, or your aunty, or your neighbour) aren’t THAT person at your next catch-up… 

Happy Easter!

TEH Easter infographic

Meet The Author,
Zali Yager

Dr Zali Yager is the Executive Director of The Embrace Collective [TEC], a DGR-status health promotion charity on a mission to help people everywhere build better body image. In her research position as Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University, Zali was also the Chief Investigator on the Goodform project for boys, a WADA-funded, randomised controlled trial of this 4-session school-based program.Connect with Zali via LinkedInInstagram and her website. Find out more about The Embrace Collective on Instagram. Sign up for the EK Support Squad to receive body image resources and support for young people.
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