London, Mar. 23 (ANI): Boys like girls are obsessed with their body image and as a result many have low self confidence about their physical appearances, a new survey has revealed.
The survey found that even 4-year-old kids are worried about getting too fat, the Independent reported.
One teacher said that she works with four to five-year-olds and some say things like they can't eat cheese, as it will make them fat.
While it is commonly reported that young girls are very sensitive about their body image, the survey of nearly 700 teachers by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers reveals more than half (51 percent) believe that boys have the same sensitivity.
The majority (63 percent) said that there was now more pressure on young people to have a particular body image than there was 10 years ago.
"In my year 11 GCSE English class the girls all openly admitted to feeling pressure about body image and many of the boys confessed to it, too, although they said usually they wouldn't admit to it affecting them," one teacher at a secondary school in Northern Ireland, said.
Asked to list the celebrities their pupils most aspire to look like, 57 percent said Rihanna, with Harry Styles of the pop group One Direction as the most popular male with 40 percent support.
Others included Cheryl Cole (50 percent), Justin Bieber (38 percent), David Beckham (36 percent) and Jessie J (34 percent). (ANI)