Mental Health

Raising Your esteem: Healthy dose of self-worth is critical

Low self-esteem is an issue that affects all women regardless of age or ethnicity. It can lead to introversion, a withdrawal from normal life and a waste of potential. At Dove, we believe that it is time to stop this waste by developing a more inclusive definition of beauty. BodyTalk

BodyTalk

2005 Dove Global Study

* A comprehensive 10-country research that surveyed 3,300 girls and women between the ages of 15 and 64 in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

* Commissioned by Dove to explore self-esteem and the impact of beauty ideals on both women’s and girls’ lives.

The findings speak for themselves…

* 90% of all women 15-64 worldwide want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance (with body weight ranking the highest).

* 67% of all women 15 to 64 withdraw from life-engaging activities due to feeling badly about their looks (among them things like giving an opinion, going to school, going to the doctor).

* 61% of all women and 69% of girls (15 to 17) feel that their mother has had a positive influence on their feelings about themselves and their beauty.
* Half (54%) of women around the world see family relationships as having the greatest impact on their self-esteem.*

* Two-thirds (63%) of women believe that they are expected to be more physically attractive than their mother’s generation.*

* Dissatisfaction with body image increases as girls progress to adolescence. While 75% of girls 8-9 years old say they like the way they look, only 56% of girls 12-13 years old feel that way.**

* One-third of all girls 14-17 years old think they are overweight, and 60% are trying to lose weight.**

* Over 50% of girls 11-15 years old say that their mother helps them the most when they have a problem.***

* Dove’s Real Truth About Beauty Study
** Girl Scout Research Institute – Teens Before Their Time, 2000
***Girl Scout Research Institute – The Ten Emerging Truths: New Directions for Girls 11-17, 2002

2005 Dove Global Study

* A comprehensive 10-country research that surveyed 3,300 girls and women between the ages of 15 and 64 in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

* Commissioned by Dove to explore self-esteem and the impact of beauty ideals on both women’s and girls’ lives.

The findings speak for themselves…

* 90% of all women 15-64 worldwide want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance (with body weight ranking the highest).

* 67% of all women 15 to 64 withdraw from life-engaging activities due to feeling badly about their looks (among them things like giving an opinion, going to school, going to the doctor).

* 61% of all women and 69% of girls (15 to 17) feel that their mother has had a positive influence on their feelings about themselves and their beauty.
* Half (54%) of women around the world see family relationships as having the greatest impact on their self-esteem.*

* Two-thirds (63%) of women believe that they are expected to be more physically attractive than their mother’s generation.*

* Dissatisfaction with body image increases as girls progress to adolescence. While 75% of girls 8-9 years old say they like the way they look, only 56% of girls 12-13 years old feel that way.**

* One-third of all girls 14-17 years old think they are overweight, and 60% are trying to lose weight.**

* Over 50% of girls 11-15 years old say that their mother helps them the most when they have a problem.***

* Dove’s Real Truth About Beauty Study
** Girl Scout Research Institute – Teens Before Their Time, 2000
***Girl Scout Research Institute – The Ten Emerging Truths: New Directions for Girls 11-17, 2002

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