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In the last two decades, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents such that obesity is now the most chronic health problem among American children.
  • Like mother, like daughter: a mother's health status and attitude are strong indicators of whether her daughter will be overweight; satisfied with her body; physically active; and consider her mother a role model on healthy living. For instance, active daughters are more likely to have active mothers. As well, a daughter's dissatisfaction with her weight is greater if her mother is also dissatisfied with her own weight, in spite of how much a daughter actually weighs.


  • The more physically active girls are, the greater their self-esteem and the more satisfied they are with their weight, regardless of how much they weigh. Eighty-three percent of very active girls say that physical activity makes them feel good about themselves. (The Girl Scout Research Institute, The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living, 2006)


  • Although about two-thirds of girls aged 8 to 17 correctly identified themselves as being either normal weight or overweight, one-third have a distorted idea about their weight—either perceiving themselves as too heavy when they are, in fact, of normal weight, or feeling their weight is "about right" when they actually are too heavy. Specifically, 45% of girls who were overweight and 61% of girls at risk of being overweight see themselves as normal weight, while 14% of normal weight girls believe they are overweight. (The Girl Scout Research Institute, The New Normal? What Girls Say About Healthy Living, 2006)