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Most women 'hate their bodies'

Most women 'hate their bodies'

12.43PM, Tue Apr 11 2006

According to a survey only one in 50 women in Britain is happy with the way her body looks.

The survey for Grazia magazine found the average woman worries about her body every 15 minutes while 29 per cent worry about their size and shape every waking minute.

Of those questioned in the poll, nine out of 10 said they dieted, with 41 per cent saying they were constantly on a diet.

Half admitted to lying about their weight, while almost a third (29 per cent) cut size labels out of their clothes, the research revealed.

The least popular parts of the body are the thighs, hated by 87 per cent of those questioned, and waist, disliked by 79 per cent.

More than half of those questioned were also disappointed by their breasts, feet, face, neck, hands and fingers, teeth, hair, chunky arms and legs and "muffin tops" - rolls of fat sticking out over their waistband.

The only parts of the body which fared reasonably well were "slimmish ankles" which 54 per cent of women liked.

While curvy Kelly Brook was considered to have the best British female body in a survey of more than 5,000 women, those questioned wanted to lose an average of 19lbs.

Grazia editor Jane Bruton said they were encouraged that women said their ideal weight would be a healthy 9st 2lb.

But she said: "British women today are harshly critical of their body shape - in fact 98 per cent of British women hate their bodies.

"As a result, many of us have what is called a normal/abnormal relationship with food and are full of contradictions - we might have a diet coke with a doughnut or skip lunch because we're going out for dinner.

"Many women are constantly thinking 'shall I eat it, shall I not eat it' and, rightly or wrongly, if they step on the scales and find themselves 2lbs heavier it can ruin their day."

Seven out of 10 women across the country think their lives would improve greatly if they had a better body.

Thin celebrities Kate Moss, Catherine Zeta Jones and Kiera Knightley come second, third and fourth in the top 10 bodies, followed by Sienna Miller, Kate Winslet, Davina McCall and Charlotte Church.

Victoria Beckham came ninth and Elizabeth Hurley was voted into 10th place.

Aug 17, 2005: Kelly's Curvy Work-out