15-year-old girls in Kensington and Chelsea have the most negative body image in England for girls their age. 56% of them think that they are too fat and only a third feel that they are about the right weight.
In contrast, boys in the borough have the most positive perceptions of themselves in the country.
The findings come from the What About YOUth survey commissioned by the Department of Health that looked at attitudes to health and well-being by young people across the country. It is based upon a questionnaire that was completed by 120,000 teenagers across England.
It found that nationally, 46% of girls feel that they are too fat and 45% think they are about right. In London there are 5 boroughs in addition to Kensington and Chelsea where more than half the girls consider themselves to be too fat – Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond, Kingston, Sutton and Bromley.
Boys are less likely to believe that they are fat, 23% of 15-year-olds nationally compared to 46% of girls. In London, 8 boroughs are above the England average with the most negative perceptions in Westminster and Sutton.
The 15-year-old boys of Kensington and Chelsea have the lowest proportion of those who feel they are fat in England with just 13%. 70% of Kensington’s teenage boys think that they are about the right weight.
It’s regrettable that the girls in the neighbourhood do not share this self-confidence.