Ten-year-olds Feel Pressure to Have Perfect Body

Ten-year-oldA survey, which involved 4245 Canadian school children, discovered direct association between the body mass index and satisfaction with their body. Girl displayed linear response, as the skinnier they are the happier they feel. Boys, on the other hand, had U-shaped response, as too fat or too skinny boys are unhappy with their bodies.

Canadian scientists decided to study the effect of generally accepted ideas of “perfect body” on the eating behavior of children. According to Bryn Austin, the head of the group of researchers from the Harvard University and the University of Alberta, Canada, they found a clear link between children being dissatisfied with their bodies and increased risk of eating disorders, such as vomiting, starvation, use of laxatives and diet pills.

In order to understand body satisfaction in children and how much it is related to BMI, the scientists studied prevalence of poor body satisfaction in girls and boys and its association with body weight and socioeconomic factors.

Examining the results of the study, Austin noted that poor body satisfaction among boys with low BMI can reflect the cultural ideals of male beauty, with preferences muscularity and leanness. On the other hand, thinness remains the cultural ideal of body shape among girls.

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  1. kari

    i find it awful that already children start thinking of their BMI and 10 yr old girls wanna be as thin as possible! it’s mostly because of the modern fashion industry. look at kate moss or any other high paid model. u won’t see any signs of the woman. and what with her health? the same can be with these young stupid girls when they grow older. we must protect our children from this kind of manipulation!!!

  2. Thea

    Kari, it has nothing to do with Kate Mos, she smokes and takes drugs – this is why her health state is as it is. It’s not because she used to see ads with anorexic models as a child… It’s because she’s not very intelligent…

    Nobody manipulates our children, It’s us parents who should think of our children’s health and protect them from the influence mass media may have on their minds! It’s better not to let children watch brutal movies where someone is killed etc. than to turn off the tv when there’s just an ad with thin models or a fashion show, which, by the way, can make children think of how they look and avoid eating too much junk food.

  3. SJS

    DO YOU REALLY WANT YOUR 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER OR SON TO THINK ABOUT THEIR WEIGHT! ARE YOU CRAZY/???? THEY SHOULD THINK ABOUT THEIR SCOOL OR FRIENDS OR OTHER THINGS. IT’S ABSOLUTELY NOT NORMAL FOR A CHILD TO THINK, OH AIN’T I TOO FAT? !!

  4. Jorgen Manfree

    and they better.. just look around you.. too many fat and ugly ten year olds! Better to go on a diet and excersise! I told my daughter (9) that when she stays slim for at least 4 more years I’ll pay for her boobjob.

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