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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Birmingham Post


Now teenage boys want nip/tuck

Edition: FIRST

Section: News

A quarter of teenage boys would consider to try to match the looks and physiques of their celebrity idols, says research published today.

The study - of 2,000 boys aged about 15 - found young males agonised about their appearance just as much as teenage girls. And they crave the winning smile of Brad Pitt or the 'six-pack' stomach muscles of David Beckham.

Researchers said ten per cent believe they will definitely go under the knife for and26 per cent said they would possibly have cosmetic operations. Just 13 per cent of teenage boys said they were happy with their bodies.

The most commonly coveted procedures were liposuction, penis enlargement and a nose job.

About 84 per cent of the teenagers believed a better body would improve their life. They said pressure from girls (42 per cent), celebrity pictures (28 per cent) and comment from other men (24 per cent) had fuelled their loss of self-confidence. Respondents to the study, commissioned by weekly teenage magazine SNEAK, hinted that they ignored traditional taboos about using beauty products - with almost three-quarters saying they would use fake tan, hair dye and moisturiser.

More than three-quarters (76 per cent) said they have been depressed about their looks, six out of ten claimed they worry about their body size and shape at least twice a week and more than a quarter (28 per cent) said they had concerns every day

(Copyright 2005 Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd.)