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55% adolescent girls miss out on life opportunities due to low body esteem: Report

More than half of all girls aged 10-17 are missing out on key opportunities in life due to not having high self-esteem about their bodies, according to Dove.

more lifestyle Updated: Oct 07, 2017 11:09 IST
Many girls avoid participating in activities outside the house if they aren’t happy with the way they look. (Representative image)
Many girls avoid participating in activities outside the house if they aren’t happy with the way they look. (Representative image)(Shutterstock )

A new report released by the beauty giant Dove found that 54% of girls within the age category of 10-17 do not have high body esteem, with the research also drawing the conclusion that girls with low body esteem are more likely to withdraw from fundamental life-building activities.

The 2017 Dove Global Girls Beauty and Confidence Report was conducted by Edelman Intelligence and involved interviewing 5,165 girls aged 10-17 across 14 different countries. Globally, 55% of girls will avoid spending time with friends and family, participating in activities outside the house, or trying out for a team or club if they aren’t happy with the way they look, the report found. For girls with low body esteem, this percentage rises to 80%.

Furthermore, girls with high body esteem appeared better equipped to deal with the pressures of unattainable beauty ideals in the media, with 78% saying they believe they are beautiful, despite differences with images portrayed by the media. Only 12% of girls with low body esteem said the same.

However, 70% of girls surveyed also believe that too much emphasis is placed on beauty as a source of happiness, and 68% wish the media would do “a better job” of portraying diverse women. Encouragingly, 82% think something about them is beautiful, and 80% feel more confident after doing things that make them feel happy about themselves. “Our research shows that a girl aged 17 is more likely to experience lower happiness and life satisfaction than a 10-year-old,” says Sophie Galvani, Global Vice President, Dove Masterbrand. “This is a crucial moment in a girl’s life where proactive intervention and support is needed.”

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