Girls 'link weight to happiness'

Girls as young as seven believe being slim and attractive will mean you are more happy, popular and successful, research suggests.

A study published by Girlguiding UK found girls associated being overweight with being bullied and sad. However, girls polled said their families and friends made them feel happy and good about themselves.

The authors are calling for primary schools to teach children how the media airbrushes photographs of stars.

Researchers spoke to seven to 10-year-old members of the Brownies in a series of focus groups on body image and self-esteem for the report, published by Girlguiding UK and eating disorders charity beat.

Source - BBC