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date: 12 December 2019

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This article provides an overview of Section II of this book. A recent online questionnaire study of more than 800 young people from the UK, aged 11–18 years, showed that 34% of boys and 49% of girls had been on a diet to change their body shape and more than 50% of 1200 girls and young women aged 16–21 years report that they would consider undergoing cosmetic surgery to change their appearance. Whilst these figures suggest that dissatisfaction is endemic, a sizeable proportion of respondents nevertheless reported being satisfied with and, in many instances, proud of the way they look. This section examines a wealth of factors that play a part in determining this variation in levels of appearance-related satisfaction and adjustment.

Keywords: young people, diet, body shape, cosmetic surgery, appearance psychology, appearance-related satisfaction

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