My Body Hell

my body hell (5/5)
20.00–21.00

This week sees the end of the groundbreaking documentary series that provides a revealing insight into the complex world of women’s beauty, using candid testimony from celebrities and everyday women across the country. Tonight’s instalment examines issues women have with their size –both height and weight.

A My Body Hell survey suggests that British women worry about their bodies every 15 minutes; 98 per cent of them hate their figures and half of them lie about their weight. Women in Britain spend £1billion a year dieting, and millions on cosmetic surgery. Britain is a nation that is obsessed with image, and this series asks the burning question on everyone’s lips: why?

This week, real women and celebrities reveal what they really feel about what nature gave them. One contributor is Jude Legge, a woman who stands four inches taller than her husband. What is it like towering above her beloved? Can she wear heels? And how does her husband feel about being dwarfed by his spouse? On tonight’s show, Jude reveals all.

We also meet Rachel Roberts, who is determined to drop seven pounds in just one week at an extreme Scottish bootcamp. What will Rachel have to do to lose half a stone, and will the weight stay off?

Elsewhere on this week’s programme, Sophie Anderton gives us a glimpse into her punishing diet regime as one of Britain’s top models. Just what does it take to maintain that famous figure?

my body hell (4/5)
20.00–21.00

This groundbreaking documentary series provides a revealing insight into the complex world of women’s beauty, using candid testimony from real women across the country. This evening’s instalment examines the issues women have with their legs, bums and tums.

In a British television first, My Body Hell takes viewers inside the bathrooms of female celebrities and everyday women as they pluck, squeeze and shave their bodies to within an inch of their lives. The series also asks why the vast majority of women hate their bodies when, in reality, they are perfectly normal and attractive. Unique in its genre, My Body Hell does not attempt to make women over, but rather encourages them to love and accept their bodies –freckles, stretch marks, wrinkles and all!

The focus of today’s edition is legs, bums and tums –from cellulite to implants and ‘bum facials’ to varicose veins.

After Claire-Louise’s son was born, she had thryroid problems and ballooned from a shapely size ten to a size 30. Weighing 26 and a half stone, Claire-Louise had a gastric band operation and shrank back down to a size 14. Unfortunately, Claire’s skin has not shrunk with her and she has been left with what she describes as “bucketloads of cellulite” and spare skin all over. She now hopes to have what she calls a “lift, tuck and suck” operation to return her body to its former state, but will she be able to get it on the NHS?

Also on tonight’s programme, model Alex Best – winner of Rear of the Year 2004 –talks about her famous bum and how she keeps it in shape. She decides to test out a new massage and exfoliation treatment from America: the ‘bum facial’. This increasingly popular treatment is designed to make the client’s rear soft and ready for any celebrity photo shoot –will it give Alex the peachy bum of her dreams?

While Alex aims for better buttocks, hairdresser Janine’s life revolves around keeping, maintaining and perfecting her perfect stomach. Her punishing regime includes more than 2,000 crunches a day and an extra five gym sessions a week, as well as a severely restricted diet comprising just 110 grams of protein and 50 grams of carbohydrate per day. Meanwhile, area manager Kate, who dresses to hide her pear shape, is desperate to find clothes that will disguise her thighs. Can TV stylist Emma Lewer help?

Housewife Michelle also finds it hard to dress for her shape. She has been called ‘elephant legs’ her whole life and finds it impossible to get boots that fit or shoes that suit her. She uses tricks to try and disguise her ankles, such as wearing rounded shoes instead of pointed –and even finds fatter and broader-ankled women to sit next to! To tackle her ankle troubles, Michelle goes for a confidence-building trip to a spray-tan centre where the experts can contour legs and other body parts in need of subtle disguise…

Also in tonight’s programme, Jayne has an operation to get rid of her hated varicose veins; Sharon talks about her breast and buttock augmentation operations; and outspoken Mikyla Dodd, who played Chloe in ‘Hollyoaks’, wears Spanx underwear –a celebrity favourite –to an event. Will this moulding undergarment give her a figure to die for –or will she feel like she is wearing a wetsuit under her clothes?

my body hell (3/5)
20.00–21.00

This groundbreaking documentary series provides a revealing insight into the complex world of women’s beauty, using candid testimony from real women across the country. This evening’s instalment examines body hair.

In a British television first, My Body Hell takes viewers inside the bathrooms of female celebrities and everyday women as they pluck, squeeze and shave their bodies to within an inch of their lives. The series also asks why the vast majority of women hate their bodies when, in reality, they are perfectly normal and attractive. Unique in its genre, My Body Hell does not attempt to make women over, but rather encourages them to love and accept their bodies –freckles, stretch marks, wrinkles and all!

The focus of today’s edition is one of the last great female taboos. In bathrooms and beauty salons throughout Britain, women are fighting a secret battle with body hair. While the modern woman seems willing to expose more flesh than ever before, 98 per cent of British women claim to be uncomfortable with their body hair.

In tonight’s programme, real women and celebrities reveal what they really feel about one of their most closely guarded secrets. Among the guests brave enough to share their body hair tales is Jayne Connery, a woman who claims to spend a huge 14 hours a week keeping her body free of unsightly hair.

Also in the programme, Sam Cassidy explains why she has decided to take the plunge in Hollywood for the ultimate bikini wax. Elsewhere, Danielle Lloyd –former Miss England and star of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ –agrees to go through a session at the gym sporting underarm hair.How will members of the public react?

my body hell (2/5)
20.00–21.00

This groundbreaking new documentary series provides a revealing insight into the complex world of women’s beauty, using candid testimony from real women across the country.

In a British television first, My Body Hell takes viewers inside the bathrooms of female celebrities and everyday women as they pluck, squeeze and shave their bodies to within an inch of their lives. The series also asks why 98 per cent of women hate their bodies when they are perfectly normal and attractive. Unique in its genre, My Body Hell does not attempt to make women over, but rather encourages them to love and accept their bodies –freckles, stretch marks, wrinkles and all!

The focus of today’s edition is the face, which is one area upon which women seem more than happy to lavish cash in pursuit of perfection –from blemish-free skin to perfect peepers, bee-stung pouts and salon-perfect hair. Last year, British women spent a massive £1 billion on cosmetics – more per head than any of our continental cousins.

In this investigation into beauty obsessions north of the neckline, Liberty X chanteuse and make-up addict Michelle Heaton bravely goes slap-free to a movie premiere –but can she cope so far out of her cosmetic comfort zone?

Elsewhere, a woman explains how her hatred of her lips has had the dramatic effect of stopping her snogging; while another contributor tells how her extremely flaky scalp turns a little black dress into a snow storm. Plus, ‘Big Brother’ contestant Charley does battle with her extensions on the ultimate bad hair day.

My Body Hell is a contemporary factual entertainment programme, a series which gets to the heart of women’s body issues including the most secret and embarrassing regimes women follow to get rid of unwanted hair, get better breasts, bottoms and tums.

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