Moving the Goal Posts for Adolescent Girls in Sports

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According to this Canadian research study, body image challenges lead adolescent girls to withdraw from extracurricular sports activities. Girls' negative emotions around body image are connected to "socialization from parents and family, teachers, coaches, and peers; comparisons to others who are perceived to be better at sports and/or had better appearances; self-comparison to ideals promoted in media that tend to be unrealistic to achieve; and, especially, the influence of social media comments and comparative images posted on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram."

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