ChildLine reveals girls as young as 9 are worried about body image and 'looking perfect'
Mounting pressures to ‘look good’ resulted in our ChildLine service receiving 1,596 contacts from girls worried about body image last year (2015/16), a 17% increase on the previous year.
Girls are 8 times more likely to contact ChildLine with body image worries than boys.
The majority of girls who contacted ChildLine about body image were aged between 12 and 15. However there were also 77 counselling sessions to girls aged 11 and under.
Many said they struggled to cope with the intense pressure to look like the women they saw in the media, stating they felt ‘fat’, ‘ugly’ and ‘disgusting’ in comparison. Worryingly, some girls said they searched for images of ‘skinny’ women to inspire them to stop eating.