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  There's too much pressure to look thin
Updated 23 July 2003, 08.14

Avril blames TV shows for putting pressure on kids to look thin.

And in her report she says that more kids are getting bullied because of their weight.

"I think more children all over the country are becoming obese.

Not only can this bring huge health problems but there is also the psychological side of this.

Some children are bullied at school which can sometimes lead to severe depression.

Stick thin

Is TV to blame?
Is TV to blame?
These children can become depressed because they feel ugly. There is a huge amount of pressure put on children to look good.

This is because there are lots of stereotypical people on the TV - women who are stick thin and have bleached blonde hair along with tiny mini-skirts.

Boys have to face the same kind of thing, men on TV look thin with big muscles.

I think it is very important to show some real people on TV shows.

Not ugly

I have been overweight for many years and for almost all of that time I have been bullied because of it.

This has made me feel terrible and in the last few months and I have tried to lose weight.

But I think there needs to be more support for these kinds of children who are being bullied because of their weight.

And they need to know they are NOT ugly even if they are overweight."

Avril, 15, Liverpool

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