Tuesday, 09 Oct, 2007 Offbeat

77 Percent of Girls Consider Themselves Ugly


Most young American and British girls are not feeling happy with their body image. The latest research showed that most of them are negatively influenced by advertisements.

According to international study commissioned by Dove, by the age 12 most girls have seen around 77,500 ads.

Researchers questioned 2,000 girls from the UK and the US aged between 10 and 14 and found out that as much as 77 percent of them described themselves in negative terms. Many said they consider themselves ugly, fat and upset when comparing themselves with attractive images shown in advertisements.

The study found the link between the prevalence of beautiful images in media and increasing number of teenagers having low self-esteem. One 14-year-old girl wrote that images in magazines make her feel upset because she knows she could never be that beautiful.

Dr Susie Orbach, a psychotherapist and the author of Time to Talk says that the effect of media images can be crucial to vulnerable psychic of young girls who are "bombarded by millions of images of digitally manipulated, airbrushed beauty every day".

During a study girls were asked to keep a diary were they recorded all the beauty images seen over three days and write down their thoughts.

The low-self-esteem is closely connected to mental health problems. And the fact that almost 90 percent of all girls were feeling depressed about their appearance and 76 percent of them having eating disorders as a way to handle negative emotions towards themselves is alarming.

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16 votes

//50 Apr 24, 2019 11:18 PM | posted by: Tamilasami2010@gmail.com
Except yourself if you want something that will make you feel better Change it.we live in a world where you can look anyway you feel that will make you feel more confident about yourself.Just remember only change yourself for you....Not anyone else.You are the only one that matters..If someone doesn't except Or love you for you ...You do not need that person.Love Yourself and eventually others will also love you.
51 votes

//49 Dec 30, 2010 02:05 AM | posted by: shelli
I have sufferd for years with this problem, I would like to blame it on my parents. but I also see it in the magazines and such. I think good old hard work and helping others might be the key. Get us out of ourselves for a moment.
51 votes

//48 Dec 27, 2010 07:40 AM | posted by: That girl
If you have self esteem issues than you are dumb, which is far worse than being fat and ugly. Since 77% of girls consider themselves ugly then I can assume 77% of girls are dumb.
Wow, you have got to be kidding me. You can't really believe that, can you? You seriously are the one with issues, hun. First off, you have no right to call any girl dumb, you don't even use correct grammer. (Than? Oh, dear...) You're basically saying all girls are, or perhaps 77 percent, fat and ugly and dumb. Self-centered, much? How about those girls who have never had a boy say they're pretty and are hurt by issues such as illness to themselves or family. Or maybe even death of a loved one? I'm pretty sure if a girl is depressed, she isn't dumb. Oh, here's a thought, I have been told by doctors that I am depressed and I've got straight A's in every one of my classes. I'm apparently dumb? To any girl out there reading this person's ludacris claims; YOU ARE NOT DUMB. I know the feeling, girls, I'm one of you, and you know what? Together, we are pretty and smart. We are loved, because someday, idiots who think all fat girls (which, may I add to anybody who would argue this, I am not,) or skinny or girls with self-esteem issues are dumb and ugly, won't be there to hurt you. They obviously are the ones with the problem. Oh, and to people like Nicole or grumbler, you are the most self-centered and ugly people I can ever have the displeasure of hearing speak their minds. You know why? Because you're obviously rotten inside. Maybe not out, but inside you're mean and nasty and don't care about anybody other than yourselfs. That's why people don't think highly of themselves, it's your fault. Tell girls they're ugly, create stereotypes that "American girls are ugly and dumb" and guess what? You're only proving to us that you are the rotten and idiotic ones. Photos in advertisements are FAKE, yes FAKE. Don't deny it, because as the photographer said, it's easy to distinguish if you know what you're looking for. God, these stereotypes are really bad, by the way. If you're foreign to America and you say we're all ugly, you once again, obviously have some issues. The REAL issues here are the ones with people putting others down, not the girls who feel bad and are hurt. Remember, people's actions and words describe them NOT you.
44 votes

//47 Dec 25, 2010 02:04 PM | posted by: rima
51 votes

//46 Nov 16, 2010 02:20 AM | posted by: I think we are pretty
I think that every girl is pretty and beautiful when you get to know them... girls don't worry ur gorgeous... i thought i was ugly till i had a boy tell me i wasn't!!! ox
54 votes

//45 Nov 16, 2010 12:08 AM | posted by: abby
I just want to say that 77% of girls think they are ugly and 100% of those girls are wrong. They are all beautiful. And I don't care how cliche that sounds. Who want to look like a model? They can't eat, or have fun because they might break in half. And why would you want to be a copy? You were created in the image of a perfect God and you were created perfectly with a perfect purpose. Notice the repeated use of the word PERFECT. Its true. We were each designed to be different and beautiful in different ways. And maybe you don't feel beautiful but here is a secret for you. Use your brain to know that feelings don't always last. But that knowledge is freedom. So KNOW that you are beautiful and loved beyond what you can believe.
49 votes

//44 Nov 15, 2010 11:21 AM | posted by: mandy
well atleast they know it....
43 votes

//43 Oct 25, 2010 09:01 AM | posted by: Unknown
2/3 of Americans are overweight according to health professionals--coincidence? I think not.
41 votes

//42 Oct 06, 2010 03:17 AM | posted by: riririleyyy
I'm thirteen. I know I'm ugly. I wish I was pretty.
47 votes

//41 Sep 28, 2010 05:38 PM | posted by: oasofnpsfp
49 votes

//40 Sep 26, 2010 12:44 AM | posted by: Moetown230
If you have self esteem issues than you are dumb, which is far worse than being fat and ugly. Since 77% of girls consider themselves ugly then I can assume 77% of girls are dumb, which I've known for a long time now. I hear from girls all the time that ALL women are crazy... lol. Women need to get smart, not thin. Men enjoy a little bit of fat.. it's fun to play with. Of course, maybe if women cared about what men thought of them and didn't look up to these airhead beauty queens instead.. the women self esteem issue is fed and managed by women. Which is also kinda funny.
55 votes

//39 Sep 11, 2010 11:55 AM | posted by: ...
mhm.. i hate what the media puts out there as 'beautiful' . it's pathetic. being a size 0 means absolutely nothing.. all it seems like they're trying to do is give people low self esteem and encourage anorexia.. they can all just go fuck themselves(:
46 votes

//38 May 31, 2010 04:30 AM | posted by: tessbemyname
people are going to think they are ugly because they see only their flaws.
54 votes

//37 May 26, 2010 06:26 AM | posted by: ShivShiv
some of you all are just so freaking shallow that it amazes me. it really does. you are the reasons for the alarmig stats that we have here. im a 14 year old girl who has so much going for me. i have a great brain and a great personality and ALL my friends tell me i have an AMAZING shape. i mean...i get comments everyday from everybody. i get comments from ppl...even random ppl in the road tell me that im pretty. i mean...i was walkng down the road in times square a few weeks ago and this guy called me 'americas nxt top model' ive even gotten 'Indian Beyonce' a few times too. all my friends come up to me and squeeze my boobs and kick my butt(haha i go to an all girls school) and tell me that they r jealous and ask me y i cant share. now...you would think that such things would make me feel good about myself right??WRONG!!...I DONT. and do u know why?? because one of my friends told me that the girl sitting behind her in class was telling her seat mate bad things about me. not about my personality but about my BUTT. yes....my ass. she was saying that it probably has stretch marks over it and cellulite galore and just shit talkin my butt. and im thinkin wtf does that have to do with you?? i mean is is sooooo big that it takes up the whole corridoor when i walk past and u have to squeeze yrself past?? NO!!! IT DOESNT!!FYI it doesnt have that much cellulite and everybody has stretch marks!!! even ppl who claim they dont have a butt!!...one person can have an ipact on someones life...just like what that girl did to me

so to all u ppl who wanna call girls 'ugly' and all these otherr things...think about it..would u want to come home to find your daughter (who isnt even fat) to be upset and crying all day because shallow, vain,stupid ppl told her she was?? and just for the record, i lost 5 pounds that week!!!
58 votes

//36 Mar 26, 2010 10:39 PM | posted by: HoTMamA
//12, american girls are not ugly!!!!! @KATE! shut your mouth, maybe your unhappy with the way you look every time you see yourself in the mirror. and if that's the case then your ugly! all girls are beautiful in every way indeed! the only thing that can be ugly about a girl could possibly be her very own personality. fix that and your completely beautiful!;) inside and out females are beautiful. no matter how many scars, pimples, stretch marks, wrinkles, crooked teeth, or unibrows you have!! :)
49 votes

//35 Mar 18, 2010 04:32 PM | posted by: sweetcherry
grumbler you hidoues and a horrilbe person go do everyone a favor and kill yourself.those girls are more beautiful than you;ll ever be. your proff all men are ugly gross wothless assholes. so yeah as i stated before go kill youself your funeral will be a celebration
50 votes

//34 Mar 03, 2010 03:03 AM | posted by: Guest
I totally agree with #22
so sick of these people pretending to be nice and stuff but on the inside they're probably thinkin the opposite
48 votes

//33 Feb 25, 2010 06:54 AM | posted by: Nina
All girls are beautiful in their own way. Just cause you don't look like somebody else. That's good b/c unfortunatley your one of a kind. Coming from me i think i'm fat & ugly but i always get complements from girls who are gorgeous just like you saying "you look so beautiful today", or you are beautiful. Girls your all beautiful don't live to please anybody but yourself;] i promise it works take care of yourself!
45 votes

//32 Feb 11, 2010 12:07 AM | posted by: Shay-Shay
58 votes

//31 Feb 10, 2010 12:52 AM | posted by: Just_me
I have been told that I was pretty and gorgeous more than once, but I have such a poor self-image I have never believed it. I have NEVER thought that I was pretty, and still do not. I have nearly killed myself in the gym, and pretty much starved myself for days on end, just to try to make myself feel better. I now realize that this is SO stupid and that I should love the way I am. You need to embrace yourself and make yourself the best that YOU can be. You will always feel that others are prettier or smarter or better than you, whether it is the truth or not. I believe everyone thinks this way....unless they are overly egotistical, shallow, and too vain for their own good. And to everyone on here and in the world that bash others because they aren't that FAKE perfect they believe in.....Screw you.
Be yourself-despite the odds
60 votes

//30 Feb 08, 2010 03:03 AM | posted by: HANNAH
I think girls are pretty no matter what they say.! some people act there own way and they may be weird to you but they may think the same. They may not be able to help where they came from! Every girl at some point goes extreme to make a guy like them when they really may not and think your annoying! Don't make your role models famous people because they are most of the time stuck up and only are in it for the money! So be your own person and don't let other people judge you! :D
45 votes

//29 Jan 30, 2010 06:51 PM | posted by: Megan Hiller
All of you saying that most teens are ugly, get a damn life. It's not true. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Plus, whos right is it to tell us what beauty really is? No ones. We all at some opint try to live up to these stick thin airbrushed models, but in reality, it's nearly impossible. I do agree on one thing though, some American girls just don't take care of themselves very well. (Keep in mind that I'm saying this, yet I'm a 13 year old American) If you really feel so strongly that you need to be more beautiful, do something about it. Don't just sit there and complain, because that will get you nowhere. DON'T go out there and spend a crapload of money on beauty products though. They aren't necessary.

What I'm trying to say is that even without all the makeup and hair products, everyone is beautiful. Stop trying to say otherwise.
51 votes

//28 Nov 08, 2009 05:59 AM | posted by: roman66
Come on people we are all beautiful to someone,i adore all women,your incredible just be your self....
50 votes

//27 Nov 03, 2009 03:35 PM | posted by: self-esteem
you know that ur beautiful when you do something good. you know that ur beta then those airbrushed pictures of models. you know that low self esteem is the reason most girls suffer from anerexic. your the judge for yourself, not the media. think. do. positive.
lead a beta life, the outside doesn't matter as much the inside. :)
49 votes

//26 Oct 26, 2009 04:03 AM | posted by: Shannon
Some of these people are total bitches, like really?? this is why girls are self concious..who are u to say what beauty is?? its what the media tells you is pretty right? NO just because a girl isnt size 1 and doesnt have dd boobs doesnt mean shes ugly. Im 18 years old and have been told im pretty many times and have been asked to model many times, i have a good body (im not a size 0 at age 18... im actually healthy) and i still have had low self esteem problems because of what the media portrays as beauty.. or even, what men portray as beauty. Im so sick of what "beauty" means to people... just because you dont look like a playboy model, victorias secret model, or vogue model... your beautiful!!! ALOT more beautiful then people with fake boobs and nose jobs because they are FAKE and no one should be someone their not. Be yourself, and you are beautiful :)
52 votes

//25 Oct 20, 2009 01:32 AM | posted by: Kerrigan
Girls are beatuful no matter what, im a 12 yr old grrl and think of myself positivily. people dont agree with me alot so its ok if you dont agree with me buit every girl who thinks shes ugly probably has a rolemodel like Miley Cyrus or who ever. Miley probably looks at magazines and tries to be perfect and beatuful while girls round the world try to be like her. I think that its stupid girls try to copy someone else! They should be theyre own person! Not some clone-atic! Thats why if somone wheres skirts i wear jeans they look all girly i look more guy-ish with a tshirt and stuff I LOVE to look different and not care what other people think and every girl shoul,d think that to!
56 votes

//24 Jul 06, 2009 04:34 PM | posted by: annyo.
Well some people who down others do it to make themself feel better & may not relize that it does hurt you but the people who do are ugly on the outside & inside what I mean by that is they are cruel and it makes them look ugly and people won't have nothing to do with them when they act like that.
59 votes

//23 Jun 03, 2009 10:49 AM | posted by: Reply00
I only have these words to say to you... Beauty is not everything, yet it is in the beholder of it, and it is not the priority of love.
67 votes

//20 Apr 26, 2009 02:24 AM | posted by: Bree
Some of you guys are total bitches. You are the reason these girls think they're ugly. These girls are not ugly. Every single one of them is beautiful not because of they're looks but because of the acts they do. I'm 13 and i know the shit you get about being ugly and I'm a model. It's a hell of a lot worse for my friends. The constant need to be pretty takes over our lives. And it's shit that when you come to an important article that reflects the things you already knew but on a larger scale you find grown men and women calling young girls ugly. I hope you are all very ashamed of yourselves.
60 votes

//19 Apr 20, 2009 08:07 PM | posted by: Matt
I seriously don't get how this can be a topic, I mean, simplistically, there are two cases:
One, you ARE ugly: There are methods for handling that, wearing clothing that compensates exercise, diet etc.

Two, you are NOT ugly: In which case, your views are flawed and should be corrected, just like any other insecurity, with help of friends, family, or a psychiatrist.

This, is not a topic guys, there is a method for everything.

Also, can someone draw the line between happiness and beauty? I've yet to find one you know....
51 votes

//18 Apr 01, 2009 02:24 AM | posted by: kina
i hope a few girls read this im 17 years old, and i've been through some pretty tough shit and always thinking im ugly and fat thing is, im none of them im a healthy human being and im beautiful, i think that magazines are really fixed up and i think we're all beautiful and some of us we have alot of potential beauty , but when girls wine about nasty skin, being fat, short tall , ect, do something about it take care of yourself your body is your temple dont let yourself go, belive me if you tried and actually worked up to it you would end up the way you want too anythings possible and if your just born with the face you dont like, well babe live with it and except who you are cuz its the only face you've got, there are so many things to really worry about besides having a low self asteem so ladies please wake up, and just try to be the best you can be.

Much love.
49 votes

//17 Jan 10, 2009 09:50 AM | posted by: hakeem
i wont some
56 votes

//16 Dec 19, 2008 01:00 AM | posted by: Its IT
Y do all of you guys that r makin these precentages i bet u there all lies like grow up ur artards leave all of thm alone thats not ur bizness how would u like it if i came ujp to u do u think ur an ugly bitch tell me u would feel more said
52 votes

//15 Dec 11, 2008 07:48 AM | posted by: Heather
Are some of you serious lol omg shallow ugly little things like Nicole,Kate,Reemus the Deemus, & grumbler get a life and quit being jealous of everyone else.Now statisticly you guys are the ugly ones hoping to gain something for yourself from putting these children down.All them magazines are fake fixed pictures & the celebs are caked to hell with make up & spray tans everytime they turn around.Peace
52 votes

//14 Nov 25, 2008 06:13 AM | posted by: Nicole
These pictures are not fake, at least not all of them. How do I know? I'm a model. That's right, a 6' tall size 1 example of the girls you label as "fake". I eat normally, maybe a bit more than normal actually. I don't exercise at all, never mind being a fanatic. I don't have zits airbrushed away or tooth gaps filled in. I Don't HAVE any zits and my teeth are naturally perfect. We are the images of beauty, and the ugly population needs to realize they're ugly, not be told over and over they're perfect
56 votes

//13 Nov 19, 2008 02:36 AM | posted by: rachel
all you people on here saying that girls are ugly and fat are hypocrits. think about it, you have all had the days were you dont meet up to someone standards. now your the reason there are these so called standards. all i have to say is KARMA
47 votes

//12 Nov 02, 2008 06:19 AM | posted by: kate
I am sorry to say that but they find themselves ugly because they usually are.
American girls don't understand anything about appropriate style/fashion, most of them don't care to look feminine and cute even though it's a girls' nature to look nice...
Look at French girls. They can be unattractive by themselves but they car so much about themsleves, their bodies, hair, nails, clothes. Same with Eastern-European, Latin American, Japanese, Korean girls..I don't want to say that every girl should spend lots of money on that, no... I just want to say that if American or English (or German sometimes) girl would try to look neat, clean and cute - it would totally work much better than those black ugly cloths and blue/pink hair. Sorry, American girls, you are totally ugly :( Unfortunately
51 votes

//11 Oct 14, 2008 12:18 AM | posted by: summer_rain [InfoMANIAC]
Everyone's beautiful in his/her own way, so my advice to those girls would be to stop looking at fake pictures in magazines and concentrate more on other things that would raise their self-esteem... in my opinion, an attractive person is a person with a lot of self-esteem and confidence.
47 votes

//10 Oct 12, 2008 03:56 PM | posted by: maria
I think that airbrushing should stop. they are making girls feel like they are ugly and have no hope when there are moddels looking like that so just make it STOP. Put real women on and then girls will see that you dont have to be perfect to be beautiful.
39 votes

//9 Oct 07, 2008 07:41 PM | posted by: sharaeff [InfoMANIAC]
These numbers don't surprise me as we all were ugly ducklings in teenager's age. When our body develops, definite disproportions of the body may be observed (not just in girls...), there's nothing shameful about it. In this period a lot depends on the parents' behaviour and support. They should explain that it's all temporary. Then their ugly ducklings may turn into beautiful swans with high self-esteem.
48 votes

//8 Sep 16, 2008 04:56 AM | posted by: Tammy
I never really thought I was that ugly until my husband in all honesty told me I am butt ugly, what is the definition of a butt ugly girl and what does ugly look like?
48 votes

//7 Aug 21, 2008 02:10 PM | posted by: Jessica
I'm a bit skeptical about this study and how the figures were calculated. If a girl mentioned there were one or two things she didn't like about her looks, did this mean she thought of herself as absolutely hideous? If she sometimes skipped dessert to lose weight, does this mean she has an eating disorder?

As for the insecurities of adolescent girls, feeling self conscious about yourself is part of growing up. (boys swagger and brag to cover up their self consciousness, while girls maybe show their anxieties more openly). Growing up is also learning to accept that there is always going to be someone out there who is smarter, more talented, richer, or, yes, prettier than you are. Are we really doing girls any favours by pretending that this is not the case?
50 votes

//6 Jul 23, 2008 11:28 PM | posted by: Reemus the Deemus
"Most young American and British girls are not feeling happy with their body image."

Not surprised. Most young British women I see are overweight. Try eating less and exercising. If this doesn't fit with your "nobody tells me what to do" attitude stop the complaining FATTY! One day you'll learn that as much as you want to, you can't have it both ways.
45 votes

//5 May 23, 2008 11:30 PM | posted by: rhondaspok [InfoTOT]
I tell my two teenage daughters to look closely at the photos on the magazine covers. I took a year of photography classes and they are able to see how photos are easily manipulated by any photoshop program. I took a photo of my boyfriend and reduced the size of his ears, and filled in a small gap in his tooth. No one noticed anything different until I told them. My point is, I tell my kids the truth. The pictures you see are FAKE as can be. Don't worry so much about how "I can never look like that! becuz you know what? they don't look like that either! Research has also shown that if only one male says to a young girl you look great! she will believe it, and feel better about herself. Sad? yes, but if it works I say go for it.
Maybe I'll take a sharpie pen and buy a couple of cosmo or vougue mags and black out one or two teeth on those girls, lol. Then they would be slightly more realistic. And kudos to Jamie Lee Curtis who accepts her flaws as being beutifully human. I wish we as a society could stop worrying so much about pleasing others and be true to ourselves.
53 votes

//4 Feb 28, 2008 04:54 AM | posted by: chsorioles2008 [InfoBIG]
screw the statistics! ALL people are beautiful in their own way...either inside or out. And Ari is right, why cant people stop being assholes. maybe young girls wouldnt feel like that if people would stop putting them down!
51 votes

//3 Nov 30, 2007 04:40 AM | posted by: ari
you know what, thats not a very nice thing to say. and you are the reason why young girls have body image issues. Screw you!
58 votes

//2 Oct 09, 2007 05:43 PM | posted by: Women-Always-Right
Still, to be a woman is better than to be a monkey-like man! All men remind monkeys to me, no matter what they say - if a lady seems ugly - it means they have to wear eye-glasses!
51 votes

//1 Oct 09, 2007 05:32 PM | posted by: grumbler [InfoMANIAC]
77 Percent of Girls Consider Themselves Ugly  and 76 percent of them are absolutely right as for what they think about themselves

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