Three quarters of all women feel uncomfortable in their bodies. Why it is important to change this way of thinking and how mutual support can help.

For centuries, women have expected a lot from their health in order to please others: clothes dyed with arsenic caused others to look flatteringly – and at the same time caused visual disorders and fatal poisoning for the wearers. Corsets shaped a slender waist, but they interfered with digestion and often caused shortness of breath. The cult of walking around in damp clothes out of fashionable chic is said to have led to the outbreak of influenza in Paris in 1803.