Girlguiding UK urges teenage girls to think twice about cosmetic surgery

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Today Girlguiding UK is responding to the shocking numbers of teenage girls considering cosmetic surgery by launching ‘Give yourself a chance’, an interactive digital resource offering tips to girls and young women urging them to consider alternative ways to boost self-esteem other than cosmetic surgery.
Girlguiding UK has created ‘Give yourself a chance’ to tackle an issue highlighted in their ground breaking surveys of attitudes amongst girls and young women which found that:

  • 47% of girls think that the pressure to look attractive is the most negative part of being female;
  • 48% of young women aged 16–21 would consider cosmetic surgery; and
  • Over one in ten girls aged 11–16 would consider cosmetic surgery to change the way they look.

‘Give yourself a chance’ has already received the backing of the Girlguiding UK youth panel Advocate!, Campaign for Body Confidence, Mumsnet and BAPRAS

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