British teenage girls are among the most miserable in the world
by Eleanor Harding, Mailonline:
British teenage girls are among the most miserable in the world due to pressures such as social media, reveals a major international study.
This country came fourth in a table of nations ranking dissatisfaction with one in five girls saying they are not happy with their lives.
A total of 45 other countries had lower proportions of unhappy girls, including poorer nations such as Bulgaria, Thailand, Poland and Mexico.
The research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development came from surveys of 540,000 children aged 15 in dozens of countries worldwide.
It also found a high proportion of girls in the UK skipped breakfast or dinner, key indicators of eating disorders.
Last night, experts said the results were ‘worrisome’ and called on policymakers to wake up to the ‘pressure we are putting on girls’. They warned that cyberbullying and peer pressure from social media were making British girls feel ‘less happy with themselves’ despite their wealth in comparison to those in other countries.