In the news - Children should have body image lessons

A new study revealing 2 out of 3 people in the UK are dissatisfied with their body has urged MPs to consider compulsory body image and self-esteem lessons for all school children.

In the news

Children should have body image lessons, say MPs


Body image and self-esteem lessons should be made compulsory for all school children, according to a new parliamentary report. Reflections on Body Image, compiled by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and the Central YMCA, was written in response to a new study, which revealed that two out of three people in the UK are dissatisfied with their body.

The report found that children as young as five are concerned about their shape and size. In light of the findings, the report recommended that “appearance-based discrimination” should be punishable on the same level basis as racist, sexist and homophobic discrimination.

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