Almost 10 million women in the UK have reported that they ‘feel depressed’ because of the way they look, according to new research. The study, which coincides with the launch of Body Confidence Week, finds that one in four women feel their body image has held them back from having a fulfilling relationship.
Another quarter believe that anxiety around the way they look has stopped them going for a job they wanted. Out of the 2,339 women surveyed, 36 per cent say they do not exercise due to the way they feel they look. While 26 per cent struggle to stick to exercise regimes, and a quarter skip meals to lose weight. The study claims that a total of 10.2 million British women do not exercise because of body anxiety.