In 2019, teenagers in South Australia report body image as one of their top four personal concerns along with coping with concerns about stress, school or study problems and mental health, with 77% of 15 to 19 year olds reporting that they felt concerned about body image. The 2019 proportion represented a slight decrease from 81% in 2014.
In 2019, almost 29% of 15 to 19 year olds (three in every 10) reported feeling extremely or very concerned about body image while 23% reported not being at all concerned about body image.
Satisfaction with life
Satisfaction with life is important to children and young people’s sense of wellbeing. The Department for Education’s wellbeing and engagement collection (WEC) is an annual survey that asks students how satisfied they feel about life.
In 2019, 79% of Year 4 to Year 10 students that participated reported feeling satisfied with life (up from 76% in 2016). The proportion of Aboriginal students that participated reported feeling satisfied with life was 75% and the proportion of students with disability who reported feeling satisfied with life was 77%. More Year 4 students reported feeling satisfied with life (87%) compared to Year 10 students (71%).
More wellbeing snapshots
- Children enrolled in a pre-school program
- Aboriginal children in pre-school
- Specialist homelessness services
- Sport outside school
- Children and young people participating in creative activities
- Caring and supportive adults at school
- Language spoken at home