Almost half of secondary school girls say they would undergo laser treatment, liposuction or some form of plastic surgery to change the way they look, reports The Times.
Research carried out on behalf of the Girl Guides found that 46% of girls aged 11 to 16 would consider cosmetic surgery to make themselves thinner or prettier. The findings suggest that the next generation of women believe plastic surgery is a part of everyday life.
Young girls also begin to watch their weight from an early age. Girls as young as 11 said they have cut down on what they eat to stay slim, and 42% of 11 to 16-year-olds said they even cut out certain foods completely or control “to excess” what they eat.
40% of 7 to 9-year-old girls said they were unhappy with their appearance, and just 27% of 10 to 11-year-olds are satisfied with themselves. Nicola Grinstead, a trustee of Girlguiding UK, said it was worrying that such young girls were unhappy with themselves. “Young girls are prepared to use surgery to make a change. The link with education is clear. Where girls are not doing so well at school, they pin their self-worth on their appearance much more.”
The survey questioned more than a thousand 7 to 21-year-old girls about their body image, health and family life.
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