Body image fears

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ANXIETY about the way our bodies look is damaging society - according to a new report by an All Party Parliamentary Group chaired by East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson.

The report shows over half of the public suffer from negative body image and that the problem is so bad that girls as young as five now worry about their size and appearance.

Half of girls and one quarter of boys believe their peers have body image problems, and appearance is the largest cause of bullying in schools.

Ms Swinson said: “Body image dissatisfaction in the UK has reached an all time high and the pressure to conform to an unattainable body ideal is wreaking havoc on the self-esteem of many people.”