Some headlines useful in the world of youth work and ministry:
- Alcohol industry is ‘targeting young people’: The alcohol industry is sidestepping advertising rules by targeting young people, implying that drinking will bring friends and fun, and making light of drunkenness, according to an analysis for the British Medical Journal.
- Young are the most at risk for online fraud: Young people are most at risk from online fraud, according to two surveys.
- American teen girls feel pressure to be thin: Almost nine in 10 American teenage girls say they feel pressured by the fashion and media industries to be skinny and that an unrealistic, unattainable image of beauty has been created.
- Teenage girls eat less healthy food than any other group, survey reveals: Teenage girls eat more unhealthily than any other group in the population, UK government research has revealed. Despite multimillion-pound government initiatives to encourage us all to eat more healthily, obesity levels in the UK are broadly unchanged from a decade ago.
- Fame the career choice for half of 16-year-olds : More than half of teenagers do not want a career – they just want to be famous, and more than a fifth plan to reach their goal by appearing on a reality TV show, the poll of 1,000 UK 16-year-olds shows.
- Study sheds light on ‘teenage night owl syndrome’: Teenagers are going to sleep later and may be underperforming in class because they’re not getting enough bright light in the morning, researchers say. Better school lighting may help.
- Media is fuelling eating disorders, say psychiatrists: The Royal College of Psychiatrists is calling on the media to stop promoting unhealthy body images and “glamorising” eating disorders.
- Lads’ magazines should be restricted to curb sexualisation of children: Home Office study says lads’ magazines such as Zoo and Nuts should be made top shelf and have age restrictions on sale.