About Elizabeth Kesses
Elizabeth is a writer and campaigner for greater awareness of the serious consequences of low self-esteem. Elizabeth’s self-esteem advocacy evolved after she wrote a series of stories for girls about a character that lacked confidence in her appearance and had low self-esteem. The first of these stories is currently being adapted for the screen.
Elizabeth is an ambassador for the government-backed Be Real Campaign which promotes Body Confidence as a priority public health issue. She regularly speaks on the subject of self-esteem and contributes to seminars and workshops with young people’s organisations like Girl Guiding UK. In particular, Elizabeth believes that the widespread integration of self-esteem and body confidence training into the school curriculum would be a major step towards tackling this pressing issue.
Elizabeth also runs writing and creativity workshops for teens (mainly girls) in the teen psychiatric ward of a local hospital, working with patients who have eating disorders, using the written word and creativity to help them express themselves and build confidence.
Elizabeth regularly blogs on the issues of self-esteem and body image for outlets like the Huffington Post and Mumsnet. Elizabeth suffered from very poor confidence in her teens and twenties which contributed to disordered eating and compulsive over-exercising, as well as making a series of life choices that made her very unhappy. Elizabeth ultimately experienced a turning point in her mid-30’s, losing both her high powered marketing job and getting divorced whilst coping with her father’s terminal illness. In the wake of this, she moved to Paris, met her now husband and discovered her true passion in writing. She hopes that sharing her story will help others suffering with the same issues.