Channel 4 is turning to science and stripping in a quest to make us feel better about our bodies in The Beach.

Last year three new studies by Dr Keon West of Goldsmiths University showed that people’s body image, self-esteem and life satisfaction could be vastly improved by seeing more normal, naked bodies -as opposed to media-perfect ones- and spending more time with our own naked bodies. In The Beach Channel 4 and Barefaced TV will supersize this research to see if it can help fix the nation’s body confidence issues in a six episode series.

The programme will see Dr Keon and body image and mental health campaigner Natasha Devon MBE oversee a bespoke retreat where each week three people who all suffer from a major lack of body confidence join a returning cast of near-naked body positive Brits of varying shapes and sizes on a sun-soaked island.

The confident ‘host’ cast, who rely on little more than elaborately designed body paint to cover their modesty, will endeavour to encourage their three guests to feel good in their own skin via a range of activities.. At the end of each group’s stay, will they have the confidence to proudly strut their stuff without inhibition and replicate the outcomes of Dr Keon’s experiment?

“Negative body image is reported to be a major contributing factor to problems including depression; substance misuse; eating disorders; participation in school and progression at work. The Beach (w/t) is an unashamedly bold attempt to tackle this nationwide health issue.” – Vivienne Molokwu, Commissioning Editor for Features at Channel 4

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