Body Image

Up to 60 per cent of men go through the trauma of developing breasts at some point in their lives.

These “man boobs” are not down to eating too many pies – they are the result of gynaecomastia, a condition in which men develop female breast tissue that acts and feels just like the real thing. Worse still, it often occurs at the most insecure time of life, when young men are going through adolescence.

Me And My Man Breasts meets a number of men living with this condition and reveals how it affects them both physically and emotionally.

The programme follows one man as he embarks upon a journey to breast reduction surgery, and another as he comes to terms with the fact that his breasts are causing him so much pain that he has to go to be measured for a bra in a women’s lingerie department.

No word yet on when this series will screen in NZ.

Stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza believes that she is the hairiest woman in Britain, where society demands that women remove most of their body hair.

Shazia knows better than most what that pressure feels like. If you add up all her hair removal sessions, she spends three days a month getting rid of it.

She takes viewers on a personal voyage of discovery behind the scenes of an industry rarely seen but which feeds on our desire to get rid of body hair at all costs – a world of dodgy hair removal contraptions, secret conversations between young women on the best ways to depilate and confessions about the hairiest part of their bodies.

Shazia meets women who are hairy and proud and women who are obsessed with hair removal. It is a journey that will make viewers laugh and squirm, by turns, and provoke a range of reactions, from sympathy to disgust.

No word yet on when this series will screen in NZ.

In How Young Can I Get?, presenter Nicky Taylor, 41, sets off on a mission to see how far she can go to strip away the years, enduring some of the most cutting-edge, downright wacky and even scary treatments available.

She enters a world of sanding and peeling, seaweed wraps, non-surgical facelifts and celebrity fads, ranging from cupping and coffee enemas to apple-only diets.

Looking for more radical solutions, she investigates some of the medical treatments that promise to turn back the clock, from rejuvenating hormone injections and Botox, to collagen implants and plastic surgery.

No word yet on when this will screen in NZ.

This surprising and engaging film looks at teenagers whose body-building obsession is so extreme that it’s become a clinical problem. It asks at what point they decided that looking waxed, preened and glistening, and wearing only swimwear, was their idea of perfection.

Following three young body builders, this film reveals what motivates them to want to “look like Arnie”. It examines why these teenagers aspire to distort their bodies to grotesque proportions and what the impact this obsession has on their health and their friends and families.

No word yet on when this BBC show will screen in NZ.

At 5′ 6″ and 34 stone, Bethany weighed three times the size of an average 19-year-old and was the largest teen in the UK.

In a desperate, last-ditch attempt to save her life and restore her body image, Bethany decided to undergo potentially fatal surgery. The operation removed two-thirds of her stomach and drastically reduced the amount of food she can eat.

Six months on, we re-visit Bethany’s story and asks if the surgery has been the answer to her prayers. It may have shrunk her stomach but has her relationship with food changed?

No word on when this BBC show will screen in NZ.

Britain is weighed down by the biggest breasts in Europe. The average chest size of a British teenager has grown dramatically over the past 10 years and is now a whopping 36D.

For some young women this is a cause for celebration, for others it can lead to a life of misery as they face bullying and physical pain. Thousands of teenagers – some as young as 13 – are now going under the knife in order to reduce their bust size and “fit” in.

My Big Breasts And I follows the lives of young women who have large breasts and differing attitudes towards them. Some have to go under the knife for medical reasons, as they suffer from osteoarthritis and curvature of the spine, while others undergo surgery to move down a cup size or two for emotional reasons.

The film unearths the traumatic, poignant and true stories about what it’s really like to be a young woman with enormous breasts in Britain today.

No word yet on when this series will screen in NZ.

On 21 December 2006, Lucy celebrates her 18th birthday. This is the birthday she’s longed for all her life – at 18 she can surgically begin to become a woman.

Her first present to herself, and one she’s saved years for, will be breast enlargement surgery.

This is no ordinary story: Lucy was born a male called Richard and wants nothing more than to undergo gender re-assignment.

Lucy now lives her life as a female; she is a normal teenage girl who loves shopping, clothes and make-up. However, there is one part of her body that is a constant reminder she was born Richard – a penis.

The programme follows Lucy as she fights to achieve her dream of becoming a woman.

No word yet on when this BBC series will air in New Zealand.