Teens urged to think twice about cosmetic surgery

An online tool to help teenagers boost their self esteem has been launched by Girlguiding UK. 

The resource, called Give yourself a chance, offers tips to girls and young women and urges them to consider alternative ways to boost self-esteem other than cosmetic surgery. It was prompted by a survey of attitudes among 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 1 in 10 girls aged 11-16 would consider cosmetic surgery to change the way they look. 

Girlguiding UK has worked with its young members and expert partners to develop a series of tips for teens around the issue. Expert commentary has been provided by members of the Campaign for Body Confidence, BAPRAS, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons with body confidence tips from TV presenter Jayne Middlemiss. Give yourself a chance also includes the experiences and testimonies of young people themselves in a bid to show other teens how to celebrate their bodies and enhance their self-esteem.