Their report called "A Generation Under
Stress?" says that girls are being forced to grow up quickly and that the pressures
of "premature sexualisation" was harming them.
"Young girls today face a new generation of
pressures that leave too many suffering stress, anxiety and unhappiness,"
said Chief Guide Liz Burnley. "All of us who care about young women have a
part to play in helping them find a way through these conflicting demands to
build the confidence they need to be themselves."
Girlguiding UK says a
survey found that two-thirds of the girls admitted they felt worse about
themselves when they saw pictures of models in magazines and on TV. Furthermore
two in five girls knew someone who had self-harmed and two in five knew someone
who had panic attacks.