- Girls are their true selves at age 12, and year after year they quit being themselves and try to be accepted by their peers by giving up their likes, style, and hobbies.
- Although both genders have identical high levels of self-esteem between the ages of 9 and 12, during adolescence, girls’ self-esteem dropped twice as much as boys.
- 92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest.
- Teen girls that have a negative view of themselves are 4 times more likely to take part in activities with boys that they end up regretting later.
- 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school, and relationships.
- By age 15, clinically depressed girls outnumber boys 2 to 1.
- By the age of 14, 55% of girls already feel pressure to be beautiful. After the age of 14, girls increasingly become their own worst beauty critic.
- 6 in 10 girls stop doing things they love (gymnastics, ballet, swimming, sports) because they feel bad about how they look.
Sources: Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, DoSomething.org, Reviving Ophelia
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