See the Daily Mail Online article One in ten girls living on just one meal a day: Teens risk health to copy stick-thin celebrities by Laura Clark and Steve Doughty 13th October 2009
Teenage girls are routinely missing two meals a day because they believe they need to lose weight, a major survey of children’s lifestyles has revealed.
Twenty-six per cent of 14 and 15-year-olds often don’t eat breakfast, 22 per cent skip lunch and 10 per cent regularly go without either, the study found.
A majority of teenage girls – and 40 per cent of ten and 11-year-olds – believed they needed to slim but few were actually overweight.
e survey, conducted among 32,000 ten to 15-year-olds by the Exeter-based Schools Health Education Unit, presents a snapshot of British schoolchildren’s lifestyles.
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