How common are body image issues in children?

Erik Fisher
About 42% of first, second, and third grade girls want to be thinner, 81% of ten year olds are afraid of becoming fat, and 51% of nine and ten year-old girls feel "better" if they are on a diet, than if they are not. Keep in mind that these are children we are talking about. Realize that the body image issues that our children are developing, likely begin by first grade.

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