There are disparities in health outcomes between youth from higher and lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and girls are especially vulnerable to changes in health-related behaviours as they develop. Therefore, this study explored how girls from disadvantaged communities in Dublin, Ireland, make sense of ‘being healthy.’ A phenomenological qualitative design was implemented. Three focus groups were conducted (n = 22, 10–12 years) and data were analysed using thematic analysis. Food and physical appearance featured prominently within the girls’ definitions of health. Girls and their families from low-SES backgrounds may experience more difficulties with time scarcity as well as environmental barriers to a healthy lifestyle.