A new study of some 4,200 Nova Scotia kids shows that children as young as 10 and 11 are getting in on the weight-watching act, with many saying their happiness can hinge on being supermodel slender or built like Tom Cruise.
“That’s what’s so new about this study; we know this relationship between body weight and body satisfaction ... from adults or older adolescents,” says Paul Veugelers, a University of Alberta public health researcher and senior study author.
Published today in the online journal BMC Public Health and based on surveys of Grade 5 children across Nova Scotia, it showed a disturbing number were concerned about their weight.
“Being very unhappy with your body is just not a good thing. They’re so young and they’re already struggling with these things,” Veugelers said.