According to a recent report, girls as young as just five years old are worrying about their appearance.
The Reflections on Body Image report that was released by MPs this week following a three-month inquiry has suggested that media images of unrealistic bodies are partly to blame, and recommendations have been made to expand the Equality Act 2012 to include appearance-related discrimination.
The inquiry suggested that body dissatisfaction throughout the country is ever increasing, and for young people particularly it can become a major block to progression at both school and in the work place.
Appearance is currently the biggest cause of bullying in schools, with peer groups overtaking parents as the strongest influence when children reach secondary school age.
Whilst it may be some time before we see compulsory body image lessons on the curriculum, the report is hoping to encourage media companies to take steps to show a greater diversity and authenticity in images for the benefit of the nations body image.
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