An eating disorders awareness group in Plymouth has voiced support for action on low self-esteem amongst Britain’s children and young people.
According to a survey of nearly 700 teachers across the UK, conducted by the Association of Lecturers and Teachers union, both boys and girls were affected by low self-esteem and low confidence in their body image.
Of the respondents, 22% said that some boys were taking measures to improve their physique by way of protein shakes and supplements.
Debbie Roche, founder of NotEDuk, said: “I am not surprised at all by the findings of the survey that boys are as unduly sensitive to their body image as girls.
“Our children and young people are inundated with false ideals of ‘the perfect body’. Airbrushed images in newspapers and magazines and manufactured bodies in tv adverts and music videos bombard them daily.
“Our young are not enlightened to the values and merits of the human package. It’s all about the wrapping now, not the content of respect, value and self-worth.
“Positive ventures to address, what is increasingly decimating the lives of the younger members of our society, must be supported and applauded.”
The unions, ALT and NUT, will be discussing motions focusing on the issues of body image and low self-esteem at their forthcoming conferences.