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Quarter of teens 'considering plastic surgery'


By the age of 16, one in four are even considering plastic surgery. While an astonishing 92 per cent want to change the way they look, the poll for Dove found.

This unhappiness with their appearance is holding a number of girls back in life. Nine out of 10 teachers believed it stopped them taking plass in class activities.

Girls in Britain have among the lowest self-esteem levels in the world. Almost a third of eight to 12-year-olds wanted to be slimmer and twenty seven per cent were unhappy with their hair colour.

Mothers who were questioned in the research said curvy singers Charlotte Church and Joss Stone and actress Billie Piper were the best body role models for young girls.

TV presenter Holly Willoughby, who is launching Dove's BodyTalk campaign said: "I'm a size 12 and proud of my curvy figure.

"It's important to encourage young women to accept themselves for who they are and campaign for more positive celebrity role models."

Dove carried out the global survey among 3,300 girls and women aged 16 to 64, including more than a 1,000 from Britain.