One in four girls would have cosmetic surgery

A quarter of girls aged 16 to 21 would have cosmetic surgery to alter their appearance, a new survey has found.

Researchers at Girlguiding UK questioned 1,109 girls between the ages of seven and 21 to discover their attitudes to cosmetic surgery, sexual health, body image, eating disorders and binge-drinking.

They found that the average girl starts wanting to look slim at the age of ten, with half of 11 to 16-year-olds restricting what they eat in order to achieve this.

While 24 per cent of 16 to 21-year-olds revealed that they would consider cosmetic surgery, 12 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds said that they would be prepared to have a gastric band or cosmetic surgery, while five per cent would be interested in botox.

Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, said that the number of teenagers who are going on extreme diets or considering cosmetic surgery was "worrying".

"Today's unrealistic idea of what is beautiful means that young girls are under more pressure now than they were even five years ago," she said.

Dai Davies, consultant plastic surgeon for Plastic Surgery Partners, said that girls are under to pressure to conform to society's idea of beauty.

"Somewhere along the way young girls and women have been led astray," he claimed, adding that cosmetic surgery is "a great resource for people who have realistic expectations and should really only be an educated decision".

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