19 out of 20 young women ‘would change bodies’

A new study preformed by GirlGuiding UK has found that girls as young as seven years have wishes to change their bodies. According to the study’s results, 19 out of 20 women would “change bodies”. As the ages of the girls increased, so did the percentage of girls that wanted to change something about their selves.

72% of girls aged 7-11 wanted to change their bodies, especially regarding their teeth. 95% of 16-21 year old girls wanted to change their bodies, with 33% of them wishing to be thinner, and about 25% said that they would consider getting plastic surgery.

These results are sickening. A seven year old should not be worried about her appearance. She should be immersed in a world of music, laughter, and happiness, not anxiety due to her appearance. These overwhelming statistics are unacceptable, and there should be something done to change the way that media advertises women. As these girls of all age turn on the television, open up a magazine, or even play with their Barbie dolls, they are reminded of what an ideal woman looks like. Never have I seen a Barbie doll with some meat on her bones or a larger nose. Everywhere girls look there are facades of a woman’s body. Airbrushing, plastic surgery, and digital enhancements are the norm in advertising companies. Runway models are no longer a size 0, they are a 00. This is RIDICULOUS. It is NOT healthy. Girls need to realize that in order to be healthy, you cannot be a size 00.

These advertising companies need to stand back and take a look at the harm they are causing. Being plump used to be considered sexy, look at Marilynn Monroe, a gorgeous woman who was a size 14.


In the present, a woman that size would be laughed at if she tried to dance in a music video or walk the runway. The advertising companies are tricking men into thinking that women can look like bombshells when really; the woman is average looking prior to the photo shoot. Young girls want to look like the women portrayed in their favorite TV shows and magazines, and are considering changing their own bodies to become more like society’s established ideal woman.

To conclude this blog, I would like to leave you all with a little piece of information that was found from this study: 5% of 11-16 year old girls admitted that they wanted to use Botox. PLEASE tell me that CHANGE is coming. Please stop editing women—NORMAL, HEALTHY women are BEAUTIFUL!