Report: Over half of teenagers say image interferes with participation15/10/2012 - 12:03:47
A new study has found that Irish teenagers are more sensitive to concerns over body image than in other countries.
The 'How We See It' report surveyed over 2,000 young people aged between 12 and 18 on the impact body image has on the mental health of teenagers.
Its shows more than 50% of respondents say their body image interferes with their participation in activities such as swimming, dating and putting photographs on Facebook.
Comparison with others ranks as the most negative influence for girls. While bullying is the most negative issue for boys.
The Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald launched the report: "It's no surprise that it is an issue and impacts on young people. What is surpassing is the very early age this kicks in at.
"By 15, young people lose confidence in themselves and this suggests that we need to address this issue and look at tis relationship to bullying and mental health issues."
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