Teens Self Worth Declining

A study conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found that an increasing number of Australian teens have a negative relationship with their weight, despite a push towards body positivity in the media. The study found that girls aged between 14-15 years old are often involved in a troubling ‘diet culture’, with more than half the girls surveyed outlining that they were afraid to put on weight, with many undertaking active steps in order to control their weight. This is leading to emotional problems, lower levels of school adjustment and more social difficulties. We spoke to psychologist Rachel Cohen to answer our questions.

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