Nearly a quarter of girls unhappy with looks

27 January 2010, 13:16

A landmark survey has found that one in ten children is unhappy. Seven thousand youngsters between the ages of ten and fifteen were asked what their biggest worries were - and top of the list was appearance.

A landmark survey has found that one in ten children is unhappy.

Seven thousand youngsters between the ages of ten and fifteen were asked what
their biggest worries were - and top of the list was appearance.

It's often said that children grow up faster these days, that regardless of social background, childhood is more stressful than it used to be.

These kids at a youth project in Hounslow in west London tell us what's on their minds.

The report found 7 percent are significantly unhappy - and most blame fighting within their family. Translated nationwide - that means 140-thousand children have low well-being scores.

14 percent dislike the area where they live.

12 percent are unhappy about their school work.

And girls are almost twice as dissatisfied with the way they look as boys - with one in five worried about their appearance.