work polo shirts Lifetime desire to be thinner starts at just 10 years old for girls
When it came to being thinner, 5 per cent of seven to nine year olds wanted to get slimmer, and this went up to 12 per cent of 10 to 11 year olds, and 27 per cent of 11 to 16 year olds.
Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson said: “This report highlights the worrying number of teenage girls who are going on extreme diets or even considering cosmetic surgery because they’re unhappy with the way they look. Today’s unrealistic idea of what is beautiful means that young girls are under more pressure now than they were even five years ago.
Girlguiding UK’s research also found that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of girls aged 11 to 16 had drunk so much that they had vomited or lost control.
Although those questioned were concerned about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, more than a third of girls in the 16 21 age group admitted to having had unprotected sex.
Half of 11 to 16 year olds said they had suffered from severe stress at some point,
rising to three quarters of 16 to 21 year olds.
Chief Guide Liz Burnley said: “We in guiding know girls between seven and 21 have some pretty strong views. This landmark survey shows just how much they have to say on issues that affect their daily lives.”
Body image and the popular portrayal of super thin models was recently highlighted by the case of Filippa Hamilton. Last month, the 23 year old model claimed she was fired by fashion firm Ralph Lauren after her image was airbrushed for being “overweight”.
Her image was altered so her hips and waist appeared extremely narrow in a photograph for the firm. She claimed: “They fired me because they said I was overweight. They said I couldn’t fit in their clothes any more, because I was too large.”
Ms Hamilton claims she was sacked in April before the airbrushed images were released.
However, Polo Ralph Lauren denies the claim, insisting the model was released “as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract”.