1250. Danny Bowman
Danny Bowman is the Vice Chair of ‘MaleVoicED’, the UK’s leading charity and support service for men with eating disorders.
As a teenager, Danny became obsessed with regularly taking selfies and with body image, leading him to seek help for Body Dysmorphic Disorder and borderline eating disorder. Drawing on his own experiences, Danny was inspired to raise awareness of the effects of social media on young people’s mental health and body image, particularly among young men, and works closely with the NHS to provide peer support groups in London and the south of England.
In a personal letter to Danny, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you are leading the conversation on body image for young men and providing vital support when they need it most.”
“I am delighted to be awarded the Points of Light Award by the Prime Minister for my work on eating disorders and mental health. It is extremely important that we as a society continue to break down the stigma attached to males experiencing body image issues and mental illness. I hope the work I do, alongside hundreds of campaigners and several organisations, continues to make a difference to the lives of those males who feel voiceless in this area. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his recognition of the issue and the work that is being done on it.”