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Children need naturism

Overcoming societal fears and misconceptions about children and nudity

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on on Jan. 30, 2023

The UK’s Guardian newspaper started out the year with an article titled “Social media triggers children to dislike their own bodies, says study”. They pointed out that that:

  • 3 in 4 children as young as 12 dislike their bodies and are embarrassed by the way they look

  • 1 in 5 experience body image issues

  • 50% aged 12 to 21 said they have become withdrawn, started exercising excessively, stopped socialising completely, or self-harmed because they are regularly bullied or trolled online about their physical appearance

  • 70% say that social media makes them feel stressed, anxious and depressed

  • a plethora of other research shows that the mental health of an entire generation of children and young people is in crisis.

Naturism provides a natural antidote to the beauty-myth imagery of social media. Children who spend time in naturist environments will see for themselves that there are no perfect bodies. Instead they wil…

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