Young Kids worried about their body: Study

How children worry about their bodies

A new study is highlighting a disturbing trend about how children view their own bodies.

A recent study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has highlighted a disturbing trend about how children view their own bodies. According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies:

  • Children as young as eight are unhappy with how they look
  • About half of the those surveyed said they took steps to control their weight
  • Weight management was just as much an issue for boys as it was girls.
  • More than half of the nine and ten year old boys and girls interviewed said they took steps to either lose or gain weight.
  • Researchers say they want parents to recognise that the struggle with body image starts much earlier than they might think and that the best place to start is to talk about it with their children.

"We found though, even more importantly, that was actually translating into weight management strategies for more than half of the children," says deputy director of the Institute Daryl Higgins.

Please see the link below for the complete story:

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/07/01/young-kids-worried-about-their-bodies-study

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