Increase in Teenage Dieting

Wed, 22 Apr 2009

One out of five 11-year-old girls is presently dieting, according to a recent survey.

This situation has been triggered by the increase of 'pro anorexia ' websites which feature photos of thin celebrities , the survey shows.

5% of respondents stated that they are on a continuous diet as they are incredibly unhappy with their body shape .

The survey involved 1,500 girls and also highlights that a third of 11 year olds have already dieted.

A third of the girls blamed photos of thin celebrities in magazines as well as on the internet with their weight obsession, with 4 out of 10 pointing to peer pressure as the reason for their obsession.

It is vital that parents are proactive in talking their children with regard to body image .

It is vital that youngsters develop a healthy, balanced attitude to their diet and food .

The girls polled were aged between 6 and 15.

The Internet parental control software CyberSentinel undertook the survey
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