The Sad Truth Is Women Are Body Shamed Before They Turn 14, New Survey Says

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In the wake of the body positive movement, many women are feeling a surge in confidence. But if you're still struggling with loving your body, you are far from alone. In fact, according to a recent survey taken by 1,000 of Refinery29's readers, roughly 26 percent of women say they loathe their body. And it turns out, the hatred they feel now may very well have stemmed from their youth. 


As part of its "Take Back the Beach" campaign -- which aims to promote beach bodies for all body types -- the site conducted a poll to understand where women stand with body positivitity.

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While many women reported they are feeling more confident than ever, one in five women still say that they cut down on activities like going to the beach and having sex because of body image. These feelings reportedly took root at a super young age; 65 percent of women claim to have had the first critique about their body happen before age 14, and 41 percent of them said that comment was made between ages 10 and 13.

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Roughly 68 percent of women also claimed they have been on a diet of some sort in their lifetime, and alarmingly 71 percent reported starting those "diets" between the ages of 12 and 20.

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In order for our children to escape the same fate, it is imperative that we do our best to love ourselves unapologetically -- but in order to live our own best lives, we simply need to do it for ourselves. 

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