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New Study says 94 percent of teen girls experience body shame

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A new study finds that only one in seven Americans feels “body positive.” A new study finds that only one in seven Americans feels “body positive.”

A troubling new study from Yahoo Health has found that the overwhelming majority of teens experience body shame, meaning they are unhappy and self-conscious about the way they look.

The online survey was given to 2,000 people varying in age from 13 to 64 years old.

According to the study, a whopping 94 percent of teen girls reported feeling shame about their bodies, as well as 64 percent of teen boys. The study also shows that those negative feelings start at just 13 years old.

Some other interesting findings:

  • Only one out of every seven people surveyed felt positive about their bodies, but men are two times more likely than women to feel positive.
  • The leading cause of body shame was reported to be friends and classmates, followed by depictions of beauty in TV, advertising, and social media.
  • Women hit their time of "peak body positivity" when they're 35 to 54 years old, but most have felt body shame throughout their lives.
  • Meanwhile, 70 percent of the men surveyed said they felt "body positive" or "body neutral" their whole lives.

The Yahoo Health survey was conducted to celebrate a movement that hopes to spark body acceptance, which uses the social media hashtag #bodypeaceresolution.

To view the full results from the survey, CLICK HERE.

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