Canadian girls body shamed more than boys

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Canadian girls need to be taught to love themselves, the Canadian Women's Foundation says as a new poll shows many more girls than boys think they're fat.

The foundation said girls between the ages of nine and 16 experience body shaming and lack of confidence at more than double the rate of young boys.

In the poll released Tuesday, 21% of Canadians said they know a girl who says she's fat, compared to just 8% of boys, and 18% of respondents said they know a girl who is on a diet, while that percentage drops to 5% for boys.

As well, 17% said they know a girl who thinks she is ugly, compared to 7% who know a boy who feels the same way.

The survey was conducted online Sept. 10 and 11. The 1,002 Canadian adults who participated are part of the Angus Reid forum. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


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