19 Out of 20 Young Women 'Would Change Bodies'
Jim LiebeltJim Liebelt's Blog
- 2009 Nov 05
Girls as young as seven would like to change something about their appearance and half of 16 to 21-year-olds would consider surgery to achieve their perfect body, a study has revealed.
The research, carried out by Girlguiding UK, shows that 95 per cent of 16 to 21-year-olds would change their bodies, with 33 per cent saying they wanted to be thinner and around a quarter of 16 to 21-year-olds said they would consider resorting to cosmetic surgery.
"We all compare ourselves to our peers, whoever they may be and for girls and young women, their peers are usually other young women," said Dr Kerry O'Brien, a Psychologist at the University of Manchester.
"For them, as with others it is about finding their place in the world and wanting to compare favourably. Unfortunately, considering the approach of the media, that is often not the case.
"Many girls try to measure up to an image which is not a true reflection and can feel that they are coming up short," he added.
Source: The Independent