In a telling indictment of the way in which self esteem issues besiege young girls, a British survey has revealed that one in 5 teenage girls can barely look at the mirror.
In a survey involving one thousand girls aged between 12 and 18 years of age, it was found that as many as 66% want to lose weight and 63% feel that they are under pressure to change the way that they look.
The survey also, worryingly found, that one in ten girls revealed a desire to have plastic surgery done later in life.
It is indeed tragic that so many girls don’t like the way that they look and that they feel unhappy with their body, lacking the self confidence to believe that what they are is more important than how they look.
It is therefore very important to encourage young girls to be comfortable in their own skin and not judge their own bodies unfavorably against what they see in magazines.
They need to be reminded to be comfortable as they are and not to obsess about their image – since there is so much more to life than just the image.