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Many overweight children see themselves as thick

There is a large discrepancy between the proportion of children and young people, who think they are overweight and the real extent of obesity among children and young people.

It writes Kristeligt Dagblad on Monday.

In Denmark, the equivalent of 30 percent of the country's 11-year-old girls and 41 percent of the country's 13-year-old in a new international study that 'they think they are too thick'.

the Girls ' self-image stands in contrast to the fact that only about ten percent of the 11 - and 13-year-old, that health care can be seen as moderately or severely obese.

according to The report 'Spotlight on adolescent health and well-being” (the'Focus on teenagers' health and well-being', red.).

It is published by the world health organisation's european office and is based on a questionnaire survey among more than 200,000 children, across 43 european countries.

the Figures also shows that Danish children and young people aged between 11 and 13 years are some of the least overweight in Europe, while their negative body image is on a par with the average among european children.

the Children find the figures worrying and see them as an expression of a society in which some children and young people are increasingly striving for the perfect.

the Organization has just self-released a report on stress, among other things, shows that every fourth girl in the 9. class feel dissatisfied with her body.

- At Børnetelefonen we get many requests from children, indicating their weight and height and tells us that they would like to lose weight. But they dare not speak with anyone about it, says børnefaglig consultant in Children's Terms, Ida Hilario Jønsson to the newspaper.

- Forventningspresset on young people is large, and there is a worrying tendency for some children and young people are increasingly measuring themselves up against each other and strive for the perfect, also when the perfect is unattainable. It can lead to mistrivsel, she adds.

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