In 2016, a study by a German company, Fitbit, estimated that as many as 3 billion children worldwide had lost at least one muscle in their feet.
This was despite the fact that in some countries, like Germany, there are more children who are missing their feet than who have lost them.
In the UK, this is only half of the population, so the figure is only about a quarter of the number of children.
It’s a significant number, but it’s also one that is largely ignored by the media and the general public.
This is because we tend to believe that when we see something with the words ‘thighs’, ‘hip’, or ‘feet’ it’s a ‘normal’ size for kids.
But that’s not true.
A 2014 study by the British charity Sustainability International found that in Britain, where it was compulsory for parents to wear heels to school, only 2.4% of children aged five to 15 were wearing them.
When the children in the study were told that they were missing their legs and that they needed to ‘grow out of their shoes’, they told them they felt uncomfortable.
This wasn’t a coincidence.
They were telling themselves that their parents didn’t care about their health and wellbeing.
‘Kids have a natural tendency to take things for granted,’ says David Gifford, a paediatrician and researcher at Liverpool John Moores University.
‘If you’re not happy, they can take it for granted that they don’t have to be in the moment.
‘We’re all the same size, and we all need to grow up to be more like our parents, which means more shoes, more socks, more heels, more padding, more support.’
This is why a study last year found that almost one in four parents told their children that they felt embarrassed when they were wearing heels.
In this study, parents were asked to describe what it felt like to wear shoes with an insoles that were too small.
They found that the majority of parents felt the ‘size’ of the insoles made them feel ‘less comfortable’ in the footwear.
This isn’t to say that parents don’t understand that kids are not ‘normal’.
They do, however.
As children grow older, their feet will get bigger and they will start to walk more naturally.
This can be a challenge for parents, but the key to helping children develop healthy footwear is to help them be aware of their own bodies and how they look.
‘I feel that I’m a little bit of a ‘little girl’ because I wear shoes that are not designed for me,’ says Jannick.
‘In order to have a healthy life, you have to take care of yourself.’
It’s a little like a cat.
You can have a cat that’s small and they can go around in circles, but if they go around with a big belly, you can’t do that.
‘You need to be aware that you have a bigger body, and if you don’t, your body will start going backwards.
‘When you put on heels, your feet become more of a ball.
When you wear heels, you’re going backwards, too.’
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