This article relates to the increasing number of girl and boys being obsessed with their body with many of them resorting to extreme measures such as steroids for boys and diet pills for girls. It goes on to suggest that over 50% surveyed have these thoughts of their body image due to comparing themselves to the bodies of people seen on TV.
- Half of all girls and a third of boys are obsessed with body image
- Children as young as five being treated in hospital for anorexia
- Half of girls and a third of boys are willing to take extreme measures to get a perfect body or reach an ideal weight, a study has found.
- The pressure that children felt to have a certain figure meant that one in ten young boys would take steroids to become more muscular while one in eight girls said they would resort to diet pills or laxatives to help them slim down.
Researchers who surveyed 810 youngsters aged 11 to 16 revealed that over 50 per cent of girls and more than a third of boys said they compared their bodies with those of people on TV, with about a quarter of both gender willing to undergo cosmetic surgery to recreate the look they wanted.
‘Young people appear to be increasingly insecure about their appearance and body image. The root cause of this problem is the pressure on young people to conform to an unattainable and unrealistic body image ideal.’
Rosi Prescott, chief executive of Central YMCA