Terrible issues of our time: bullying, body image and pressure at school



A new report from World Health Organization has recently gathered responses from 220,000 teens in 42 European and North American countries about some cricital issues: bullying, body image and pressure at school.

11-year-olds generally rated their own health as “low”, but as for boys only, they increased their own self-ratings. The same idea with life satisfaction.

Teen girls appeared to be also more likely than boys to “think they are too fat”, and that increased with age, even though the real rated of overweight remained stable in adolescence.

Poor body image has been shown to have detrimental effects on mental health, and it can promote depression and unhealthy eating patterns.

Other interesting findings of the research:

  • Just 25% of 11-year-olds takes at least 1 hour of exercise each day
  • Half of 15-year-old girls eat breakfast every day
  • Girls eat fruits more than boys usually do
  • About 1/4 of the 15-year-old girls find it hard to talk to their mother about their mental and physical issues
  • Boys feel the worst pressure at school at age 11, while girls at age 13 and 15
  • Fewer and fewer teens are smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol
  • About one in 10 reported being bullied over the last few years
  • 11% of teen boys and 6% of teen girls admitted they had once bullied someone else

These worrying data make us wonder what it’s all about and if it’s time to act and face all the situation: if we won’t do it, it may become irreversible!

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