It seems that girls are worrying about their body image at a younger and younger age. A recent BBC survey found that six out of ten eight to 12-year-olds thought they’d be happier thinner, and research by Girl Guiding UK found that girls under ten often link happiness with body image.
I find this very sad and it's a reflection of the pressure felt by young girls to conform with fashion dictates at an age when they shouldn't have to worry about such things. They are bombarded with advertisements, magazines, and television programmes etc. which all suggest that girls can only be happy and successful if they look like models or pop stars. Apparently, the number of teenagers demanding breast surgery has increased dramatically in recent years too.
As I have three young grand-daughters, it worries me that they are being given the wrong messages about body image. I try to show them that using their intelligence and growing up to be kind and friendly people is far more important than the way they look, but there is so much peer pressure on them these days.
What do you think?