London: Teenage girls have a tougher time growing up than boys the same age.They are more likely to fall sick as they skip meals and smoke profusely to look thin, says a new study.

The study has also suggested that twice as many girls in Britain are suffering with ‘teenage angst’ and as many as 900,000 say they are ‘unhappy and depressed’. And, the probable is worse for young girls from lower economic backgrounds.

Girls are also more concerned about their appearance and the need to be perfect which is influenced by celebrity culture. They also feel more pressurised to lose virginity early, according to the researchers.

Some young women have also said they feel burdened by expectations they should try and carve out a career in more male-dominated environments, found the study commissioned by thinktank Demos.