Young Swedish Women Underweight and Unhappy

According to a new report by the National Board of Health and Welfare, Swedes’ health and living standards are improving, with the exception of young adults and especially young women aged 15-24.

Children, young men and older people are faring well but teenage girls’ and young women’s health is declining. Girls in this age group are twice as likely to suffer from being underweight, a health issue that poses both psychological and physiological risks. Only 4 percent of teenage girls are obese.

Speaking to Sveriges Radio, Daniela Biterman, project leader of the study isn’t surprised by the survey’s results. Considering today’s media emphasis on female perfection, it is no surprise that young girls strive to be thin and beautiful.