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More and more young people are undergoing slimming diets

The number of young people undergoing slimming diets has grown since the pandemic. This is what the III Youth Barometer collects. Health and Well-being of the FAD Joventut and Mutua Madrileña foundations, carried out in an online panel of 1,500 young people between the ages of 15 and 29

More and more young people follow slimming diets


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Current figures

Currently, one 18.9% of the young population (15 to 29 years old) undergoes a slimming diet, a matter in which a certain upward trend can be seen if we compare it with the figures of 2017, which were around 11%.

Implementation of diets (%). Infographic provided by Fad and Fundació Mutua Madrilena

It grows among men and younger sectors

But one thing that is particularly striking isument of these practices in men and the light setback which is observed in the case of women in the latest report on youth and health.

And that’s not all, because this increase in dieting is even more pronounced in the population between 15 and 19 years: 1 in 5 teenagers follow them, assuming an increase of fines 8 percentage points regarding the 2017 figures.

Beatriz Marín Padura, director general of the FADhe talks about the numbers as cause for concern.

“It is worrying that diets are on the rise among the youngest because this is a stage of greater emotional and psychological vulnerability, in which you feel more exposed to the opinions of others,” he explains.

Reasons why they do it

The reasons by which they are carried out they are distributed among the always present:

  • Aesthetics. More common among women and younger people.
  • Health. More common in men and the elderly.

In the case of the 15- to 19-year-old group, there is one 60.2% who diet to look better aesthetically and only 50% for health.

Lorenzo Cooklin, general director of the Mutua Madrileña Foundation talks about the pressures that this age range receives through social media and the canons of beauty that are promoted.

Infographic provided by FAD and Fundació Mutua Madrilena

Young and thin: less concern about image

But despite this rise in dieting among young people, there has been a slight decline of the concern for the external image, a little more accentuated in men.

To be exact, the figures for men range from 23% from 2019 to 15.5% from 2021. In the case of girls, there is a difference of more than twelve percentage points compared to boys: 27.7% declare that they are quite worried about their external image, corresponding to 1 in 4 women.

Of course, concern about external image increased between 2017 and 2019 and, although it has now decreased, it remains slightly above the data from 6 years ago.

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