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Kelly Brook has 'best female body'

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2006
Source: ITN

Kelly Brook has the best female body in Britain, according to a survey of more than 5,000 women.

Kate Moss, Catherine Zeta Jones and Kiera Knightley came second, third and fourth, followed by Sienna Miller, Kate Winslet, Davina McCall and Charlotte Church.

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

The top ten related to a poll for Grazia magazine which found that just one in 50 women in Britain is happy with the way her body looks.

Findings showed that 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, nine out of 10 said they dieted, with 41 per cent saying they were constantly on a diet.

The research also revealed half of the interviewees admitted to lying about their weight, while almost 29 per cent cut size labels out of their clothes.

87 per cent of those questioned said the least popular parts of the body are the thighs, followed by 79 per cent of people who disliked the waist.

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

The only parts of the body which people regarded highly were "slimmish ankles" which 54 per cent of women liked.

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% 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."

Belfast women have the lowest body image in the UK. Their ratings for their breasts and teeth were worse than anyone else in the country.

They are also the most likely to lie about the amount they eat, and are the biggest "biscuitaholics" in Britain.

Women in Cambridge hate their "muffin tops" the most, and almost two-thirds of them think their size or shape spoils their sex life.

Manchester women are the most body-obsessed in the UK, with 97 per cent of them worrying about their body each day at an average of every 12 minutes.

At the other end of the scale, women in Oxford think they are the prettiest, despite being the mostly likely to eat in secret.

Those in Brighton are most likely to be happy with their weight, an average of 43 per cent compared to the national average of 26 per cent.

Newcastle women have the most positive body image, with 60 per cent happy with their breasts and 58 per cent happy with their faces.

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



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