SAR youngsters self-conscious about appearance, survey reveals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 August, 2001, 12:00am

What do you most desire in life? Happiness? Good grades? Quality time with your parents or something more superficial like beauty?

A recent survey conducted by a local convenience store on youth lifestyle and culture revealed that Hong Kong youngsters are very self-conscious of how they look.

More than a third of the 329 young people aged 10 to 24 interviewed said 'having a better body shape' was most important to them in their lives.

That is followed by 'a happy life' and 'better academic results' respectively.

Wong Kit-hung, an outreaching service co-ordinator with the Hong Kong Playground Association, suggested that youngsters were being influenced by the slim appearance of pop idols and movie stars as well as the surging number of fitness advertisements.

Ms Wong said being more conscious of one's appearance is part of growing up. 'It's normal for young people to have this thought as they want recognition from others and want themselves to be more attractive to the opposite sex,' the social worker explained.

She added it was alright for young people to pay more attention to their appearance - as long as it did not affect their health. Some young people had the misconception that taking drugs could help them lose weight, she said.