Menu
Lifestyle

Body image alarm bells

BODY image disorders are rife in Australia if a new survey is to be believed.

It sends out alarm bells for all mothers who need to build self-esteem in their daughters regarding physical appearance.

According to research conducted by Dove Australia, 215,694 Australian girls between the ages of 10 and 17 would avoid swimming because they felt bad in a swimming costume.

Dove's survey showed:

  • 71% of Australian teens felt pressured to be beautiful, placing Australia third compared to the global survey conducted by Dove, behind Germany (89%) and Russia (82%).
  • 43% of Australian girls said they had avoided an activity because they felt bad about how they looked.
  • 20% said they had avoided the beach, pool or sauna.
  • 17% of Australian girls admitted they had avoided physical activity or sport because of how they looked.
  • 67% of the Australian girls surveyed said they put the pressure on themselves; the next two sources of body pressure were from their friends (57%) and society (53%).

Christine Morgan, chief executive officer of the Butterfly Foundation, which is an organisation that represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image, said: "The main issue with girls who have these feelings at a young age is they are moving into negative body image territory, which is not what you look like but how you feel about the way you look.

"Their self-worth is low; they feel unless they look the right way and that they will not be successful.

"Mothers, sisters and aunts are role models, whether we want to be or not.

"We should celebrate diversity in shape, we should tell our daughters that they are beautiful as they are and our actions should reflect what we are saying.

For more help and information, go to www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au.

Topics:  body image



Rubbish truck's load catches alight

A J.R. Richards and Sons rubbish truck container caught alight on the Pacific Highway.

Fire in skip bin causes traffic hold ups

South Grafton duxes awarded the honour 80 years apart meet

NOW AND THEN: Mary Austen and Molly Dungey who were both Dux of their years.

Two South Grafton Primary School Duxes meet, 80 years apart

UPDATE: Students, teachers held in school lockdown

Police were called to the high school after it was forced into lockdown.

School in lockdown due to altercation on premises

Local Partners

To the stranger who Photoshopped my picture

MIRANDA agreed to have her photo taken with her mum in a jewellery store. When she logged onto Instagram the next day, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

Don't delay: this test could save your life

LIFE-SAVING: Rob Patch is on a mission to convince people to have their sleep apnoea checked in order to prevent an early death.

"The doctors said I had come there to die.”

Cricket's Merv Hughes can’t stomach drink and drug-drivers

AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Merv Hughes of Australia prepares to bowl on December 26, 1990 in Australia. (Photo by Getty Images)

former Australian cricketer’s first car was an HT Holden wagon.

Russia’s seedy ‘virginity trade’

On Russian social media, young girls and women are being recruited to sell their virginity to wealthy men. Picture: The Sun

Girls as young as 17 sell their virginity

Cancer teen married two days before death

19-year-old cancer patient Lydia Dominguez married her boyfriend Joshua Ordonez just two days before she died.

Teen with cancer dies after getting married two days earlier

Dad’s shock: ‘I was told I was a paedophile’

Karl Pollard was taking his daughter Stephanie to visit her sick grandmother. Picture: SWNS/Mega

Hotel apologises after wrongly accusing innocent dad of paedophilia