2nd Milton Guides join Girlguiding’s Body Confidence Revolution with Free Being Me
Girls from 2nd Milton Guides took part in a series of fun activities during their girl-only meetings, all aimed at boosting their self-esteem. The ground-breaking programme, called Free Being Me, unmasks society’s beauty myths – exposing airbrushing and challenging unhealthy body talk.
The girls have been challenged to stand up and take action to stop unhealthy body ideals affecting the next generation. The activities have been led by Girlguiding Peer Educator, Fiona aged 16 who has been trained to talk frankly to girls about a range of issues – from bullying to eating disorders.
The 2nd Milton girls have been tasked with taking the body confidence message viral using posters, video and t-shirts to spread the word in their schools and communities.
Girlguiding’s latest Girls’ Attitudes Survey revealed that girls are worrying about their bodies from a young age:
- One in five girls of primary school age say they have been on a diet.
- 38 per cent of girls aged 11-to-21 say they have sometimes skipped meals to help lose weight.
- One in four girls aged between 11-to-21 would consider cosmetic surgery.
- 43 per cent of girls say the way women are sometimes criticised for their looks on TV puts them off wanted to be on TV themselves.
- 87 per cent think that they are judged more on looks than ability.