Girl Scouts Reveal Body Image Study

A new study is looking at childhood obesity from a completely different perspective.

Instead of talking to doctors or looking strictly at numbers, the study polled girls about their attitudes towards health, diet, and body image.

It was released by local representatives of girl scouts of America.

Leaders say it's important to understand the way girls perceive their health, in order to fight childhood obesity.

National studies found that 22 percent of Nebraska girls, aged 10 to 17, were overweight or obese in 2003.

The study found that girls don't just think about diet and exercise when it comes to health.

They also perceive their emotional well being and body image to be just as important.

A nationwide study of more than 2,000 girls, aged 8 to 17, found that girls think being healthy has more to do with appearing normal and being accepted.

Nearly 90 percent of the study's participants over the age of 11 said feeling good about yourself is more important than how you look.

But, the study also found that the older girls get the more skewed their sense of health and body image.

They're more influenced by depictions in the media and more likely to make bad health choices.

Leaders say it's important for parents to set a good example.

Because girls are watching and learning from their behavior.

The study is just one of those done by Girl Scouts of America to pinpoint issues affecting young girls and ways to fix them.