Nearly a third of 11-15 year old Brits stressed each week

A new study has found that British children are suffering from a stressful childhood, according to channel5.com.

The research, which was carried out by Channel 5 News and charity the National Children's Bureau, found that nearly a third of British kids aged 11-15 suffering from stress on a weekly or even daily basis.

Sixty-five per cent of the 1,500 youngsters who were quizzed said that they are stressed about people judging them on their looks. Because of this, 47 per cent had considered dieting, 19 per cent had thought about cosmetic surgery and a fifth of 13-year-olds said they may take slimming pills.

Bullying and cyber-bullying are also big issues that are putting today's kids under pressure, according to the data. Nearly half (47 per cent) of kids surveyed also said they were worried about getting a job and earning money when they grow up.

Talking about the findings, Doctor Hilary Emery, chief executive of the National Children's Bureau, told dailystar.co.uk: "This survey confirms the increasing pressures many children and young people are facing and that growing up in Britain is a lot more complicated than it was a generation ago."

Psychologist and author Doctor Linda Papadopoulos also said that the results of the study showed that "children are under more pressure than they were."