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Body Kind Youth Survey Findings 2023

Now in its second year, the Body Kind Youth Survey, proudly supported by the nib foundation, provides a nationwide snapshot of of body image in a large sample of young people in Australia aged 12 to 18 years. 

Download the 2023 full report

download the 2023 snapshot report

The Body Kind Youth Survey is part of Butterfly’s Body Kind initiative. 

*Of nearly 3,000 young people surveyed, over half (57%) were dissatisfied with how their body looks –11% more than 2022 results.

*Nearly half (49%) said body dissatisfaction stopped them attending school.

*78% of young people wished they were thinner or leaner – 16% more than 2022 survey results.

*Almost two thirds (62%) said social media made them feel dissatisfied with their body –12% higher than the 2022 results.

*Young people want better body image support in schools: 8 in 10 believe primary schools must do more, and 90% felt the same about high schools.

Tips and advice for parents and carers

“These results have never been more critical. This is yet more evidence that young people’s body image is having a profound impact on every aspect of their lives and prevention and early intervention is critical to improve outcomes.”
Helen Bird, Education Services Manager, Butterfly

Resources for families with teens and young people

Find out more about Butterfly's Body Kind Youth Survey

Butterfly is on a mission to create a more Body Kind Australia, where young people grow up treating their own and all bodies with kindness and respect.

Who better to guide us, than young people themselves?

Find out more about Body Kind

Do you have a question? Contact us at education@butterfly.org.au

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