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Women unhappy with looks

20th February 2007

A BBC survey has revealed that the majority of young people in the UK are unhappy with their bodies.


BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat and 1xtra's TXU asked 25,000 young people aged between seventeen and thirty-four how they felt about their bodies in an on-line survey. Over half of the women said they would have surgery to improve their bodies and nearly the same number said they skipped meals to try and lose weight.

Although both the majority of men and women surveyed said the curvaceous Martine McCutcheon had the best body, a third of the women surveyed said they thought someone who is a size 12 is overweight.  Ten per cent of the female respondents said they ‘hated’ how they looked and eight per cent admitted to making themselves sick.  Over a fifth of the women questioned were on a diet.

A spokeswoman for Beating Eating Disorders, formerly the Eating Disorders Association, said eating disorders affect over a million people in the UK and that the survey results were sad but not surprising.  “It's so important for people to develop a healthy perception of their bodies,? she said.  “Research indicates that the typical age of onset for an eating disorder is 14 to 25. Young people are affected by many issues at this present time with issues such as exams, bullying and family pressures.?

The on-line survey also revealed that even younger people had concerns about their looks; over half of girls aged between twelve and sixteen felt that their body image either stops them from getting a boyfriend or from relaxing in a relationship. 


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Monday 26th February 2007 @ 14:49

I was told by the practice nurse at my GP surgery that I needed to lose weight - I am size 10 - 12, and a reasonably fit 24 year old woman. If our health professionals are fuelling womens' disappointment in their body size/shape, then maybe it's not just the media who are to blame?! The BMI index is rubbish, is all I can say!

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