One in four children under 10 say they feel overweight

According to a recent survey, 25% of children under the age of ten consider themselves to be overweight. The survey was commissioned by the television programme ‘Dying to be thin-Tonight’ aired on ITV1. The survey, that was carried out amongst 1500 people aged between 7-18 has also revealed that 28% had been bullied due to their weight, 26% skipped meals to lose weight and 40% of those under ten were worrying about their weight.

Lucie Russell is the director of campaigns, policy and participation for YoungMinds, and she said  that it is vital that we don’t dismiss these statistics and act as responsible adults to help these children to feel better about themselves.

She added that today’s children are growing up within a harsh environment and are under constant pressure to conform to the latest trends in looking and acting a certain way, and we must, as a society, look at the pressure we are putting these youngsters under.

“Children feeling insecure about their bodies need to be are helped to feel positive about who they are and what they look like. At an early stage it can start with not feeling positive about your self-image and crash diets but this can soon turn into much more complex eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia which can scar for life

“Much more needs to be done both at school and at home to offer children positive role models of all shapes and sizes. We need to help children to feel good about their own body image and should become an important part of their school and home life.”

‘Dying to be thin: Tonight’ will be aired tonight (5th January 2012) at 7.30pm on ITV1. The poll was carried out by online polling companies Onepoll and Youngpoll.

 

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