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German children are thought to be too fat

German children are thought to be too fat

Many teenagers are unhappy with their bodies

Many German children find themselves too fat, even if they are not actually overweight, according to a study by the University of Bielefeld under the patronage of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The researchers of the "WHO - Collaborating Center" at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bielefeld devoted themselves to the body feeling of adolescents as part of their study. The self-assessment of the interviewed teenagers revealed that many have significant problems with their figure. In international comparison, German adolescents often feel too fat than adolescents in countries like France, Poland, Turkey or even the USA. "German adolescents are sad leaders in body dissatisfaction," emphasized psychologist and health scientist Prof. Dr. Petra Kolip, head of the study at Bielefeld University.

Half of the girls have problems with their own figure According to the results of the current study, a considerable proportion of the 15-year-old girls and boys surveyed have significant problems with their own figure. Girls are significantly more affected than boys. More than half (53 percent) of the girls rated themselves as too fat, although objectively they were not overweight, the researchers report. The same was true for 30 percent of the boys surveyed. The dissatisfaction with his own body also goes back to the ideal of beauty conveyed by the media, according to which girls should be extremely slim and boys should be particularly athletic. The 15-year-old girls have even more problems here than the boys because they tend to move away from the ideal of slenderness during puberty. "With puberty, the hips are rounded," which obviously affects some teenagers, explained Prof. Kolip.

Dissatisfaction with your own body increases
To enable an international comparison of adolescent health behavior and body awareness, a total of 200,000 adolescents were surveyed as part of the WHO study in local research centers in 39 countries in Western and Eastern Europe and North America. In Germany, 5,000 young people provided information about their body's self-assessment. "What all countries have in common is that dissatisfaction with the body increases with age," emphasized the head of the German part of the study. On average, 40 percent of girls and 22 percent of boys in the countries under investigation indicated that they found themselves too fat. (fp)

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