Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Very Young Girls Are Now Obsessed With Being Thin

Whatever happened to innocent childhood? My 13-year-old daughter watches her weight. But I am very saddened to learn this:
Girls as young as five are unhappy with their bodies and want to be thinner, according to a study which blames peer pressure in a child's early years at school.

Most girls thought that being slim would make them more popular, claimed the research in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology. They would also have no hesitation in dieting if they gained weight. The study was conducted among five- to eight-year-olds in South Australia, but experts said last night that British children felt "paranoid" about their weight - partly because of the Government's anti-obesity message.
Read all about these disturbing trends here.
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