10. Challenges for policy and practice

10.2. Gender-specific differences in well-being and health

What this is about

Girls and boys view their bodies differently. Girls often have a more critical viewpoint, for example considering themselves to be too fat. In general, boys have less of an interest in the topics of health and well-being – and rate themselves as fitter than they actually are. These findings must be taken into account when coming up with measures to promote health. The traditional allocation of roles should be challenged more strongly than in the past.