Devizes MP hears how Girlguiding UK combats body image fears

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Devizes MP Claire Perry with Julie Bentley, chief executive of Girlguiding UK, and, right, Elli Moody, advocacy and public affairs manager Devizes MP Claire Perry with Julie Bentley, chief executive of Girlguiding UK, and, right, Elli Moody, advocacy and public affairs manager

Devizes MP Claire Perry has met representatives from Girlguiding UK in Westminster to discuss its #Be Body Confident campaign, which aims to combat body image fears, and the work of the organisation.

Research shows that girls’ body confidence is reaching crisis point, with one in three girls unhappy about their looks and one in five girls aged seven to 11 having dieted.

Mrs Perry said after the meeting: “As a former Brownie, I was eager to meet the leaders of Girlguiding UK which is the largest organisation for girls and young women across the country, with more than 500,000 members, and which is giving a real voice to the problems and concerns of girls across the country.

"I know from my work as the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser and as a mother of teenage girls just how important self esteem is for young people and I am really happy to be able to support the #Be Body Confident campaign.”

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