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Losing weight and fitting in are top teen concerns

10th September 2009

A government survey of young people has revealed that most are worried about losing weight and fitting in.


However, teenagers from low income families worry about bullying, drugs, and smoking, while those from high income families are more concerned about peer pressure.

The surveys were conducted for NHS Teen LifeCheck website on behalf of the Department of Health and reveal social similarities and divides on some of the top teenage concerns.

The findings showed that 48% of teenagers did not feel they can talk to their friends about their worries because they think they’ll be considered silly or different, while 31% felt their friends just wouldn’t understand.

The online service - www.teenlifecheck.co.uk - is aimed at teens with the highest risk of future ill health caused by their lifestyle choices. The website encourages them to complete its quiz and act on the results, and signposts people to support for issues like bullying.

In three months, more than 100,000 teenagers have completed a LifeCheck, with the latest survey helping with the ongoing development of the site.

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said: "Whether teenagers are concerned about their weight or giving up smoking, nearly three quarters of them say they like to get confidential advice.

NHS Teen LifeCheck gives teenagers the support to make decisions and choices that can help them to be healthy and happy."

The website is specifically targeted at young people (12-15) because research has shown that these are the ‘discovery years’, where young people are most likely to experiment.


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