Girls suffer with poor body image at school

The body confidence of young girls deteriorates rapidly as they progress through school, according to new research.

New figures from the Government Equalities Office show that one in five primary school age girls say they have been on a diet, while 87 percent of girls aged 11-21 think that women are judged more on their appearance than on their ability.

Poor body image among girls has also been associated with low participation in sport.

The research shows that 23 percent of girls aged 7-21 don't participate in exercise because they are unhappy with their body image, and 48 percent of girls think getting sweaty from taking part in sports is unfeminine.

There is also new insight into the long-term consequences of poor body image among young girls, which is associated with lower confidence, lower aspirations and lower social participation.

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Ashdown: We played our part in economic recovery

Nick Clegg has begun his mission to win over voters in a number of his party's target constituencies as he kicks off the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election campaign.

The Deputy Prime Minister started his campaign in the marginal constituency of Oxford West and Abingdon, one of a series of Lib Dem target seats where the party is fielding a female candidate.

We speak to the party's former leader Paddy Ashdown about their new campaign and he tells us of how he believes the Lib Dems have helped save Britain's economy.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Today sees the dissolution of Parliament and the official start of the 2015 General Election campaign, with the Lib Dems and Ukip already kicking off their campaigns

  2. Easter travel plans could be hit by the same kind of chaos that occurred at Christmas as Network Rail gears up to close multiple lines

  3. The Director-General of the BBC is being protected by an elite squad of bodyguards after receiving a death threat over the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson

  4. The body confidence of young girls deteriorates rapidly as they progress through school, according to new research

  5. Britain's most senior psychiatrist has warned airline authorities to avoid a kneejerk reaction to last week's tragedy, to avoid the panicked reaction to cases like that of Harold Shipman

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The start of the general election campaign

Monday will see the dissolution of Parliament and the official start of the election campaign. With some MPs destined never to return to the House of Commons, offices are shut down and the keys to the country are handed over to the civil service for six or so weeks.

The rise of social media has raised an interesting issue - given that from 00:01 on Monday 30 March, there are no Members of Parliament and consequently they have to give up the title Member of Parliament or MP. Nothing can convey the impression they are MPs - causing a major headache for the hundreds of members who have the initials in their Twitter name.

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Paula Radcliffe's on the run!

Paula Radcliffe is urging women to get fit!

Paula Radcliffe has been announced as Great Run's ambassador for women's running 2015. She's joining forces with Britain's biggest running events series to encourage more women to take up running this year.

At the first Great North Run in 1981 only 11 percent of the field were women; now they make up 44 percent of the 240,000 people taking on a Great Run event each year.

In 2015 organisers have set the target of achieving an even 50/50 split of male/female runners across their 15 events in cities around the UK.

Paula joins us to tell us why more women should get involved and get fit.

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Cameron and Miliband's first TV grilling

David Cameron and Ed Miliband faced public questions for the first time in the run-up to the 2015 General Election on an interview and live Q&A show.

Who fared the best in the first of the televised TV grillings, and what were the key moments?

We're joined by Consultant Editor of the Daily Mail, Andrew Pierce, and the Mirror's Associate Editor, Kevin Maguire.

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Police search flat of French Alps co-pilot

Investigators are looking at the background of the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 Andreas Lubitz after it emerged that he appears to have crashed the Airbus A320 deliberately.

Overnight, police removed several items from Andreas Lubitz's flat in Dusseldorf. All 150 people on board the flight were killed when it went down in the Alps.

Nick Dixon goes on-board a similar plane to the one Andreas was co-piloting, plus we're joined by forensic psychologist Dr Mike Berry and Mike Vivian, former head of flight operations at the Civil Aviation Authority.

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