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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The name's Bond... James Bond

Ross King has been hanging out on the set of James Bond with the whole cast in Mexico (lucky for him!)

And today he previews a new trailer, along with a whole host of interviews with the cast, including Daniel Craig, Stephanie Sigman, Christophe Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista.

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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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