Attractiveness – What happened to the 10-year-olds?

A Canadian survey reveals that kids as young as 10 and 11 are experiencing insecurity over their physical attractiveness. Girls worry about weight, but so do boys, who want to be neither too skinny nor too fat.

Overall, 7.3% of the girls included in the study reported that they didn’t like they way they looked, but that increased proportionately as girls’ weight, measured by body mass index (BMI), went up. For girls with normal body weight, 5.7% reported being unhappy with their bodies, among those who were overweight, 10.4% did, and among girls who were categorized as obese, 13.1% were unhappy with how they looked…For boys of normal weight, 7.6% reported not liking how they look.

This insecurity is no surprise as culture, media, advertising, marketing, and magazines stress the importance of outward appearance and sexual appeal. Thongs marketed in the kid’s sections in major department stores…

Is inner beauty a thing of the past? Why are 10 year-olds stepping on scales and staring in the mirror? They should be riding bikes, selling lemonade, and reading James and the Giant Peach.

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One thought on “Attractiveness – What happened to the 10-year-olds?

  1. Esther says:

    “Why are 10 year-olds stepping on scales and staring in the mirror? They should be riding bikes, selling lemonade, and reading James and the Giant Peach.”

    I agree. They also shouldn’t be afraid of being shunned by their peers for “looking ugly” and they shouldn’t be afraid of being disowned by their parents for “looking gay.”

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