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Women desire ‘skinny but shapely’ figure

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Women are always concerned about their weight and keep looking to shed a few pounds, claims an academic.

Professor Sarah Grogan, from Staffordshire University, said that in her interviews with women aged between 16 and 63, everyone wanted to be ‘skinny but shapely’ and most aimed to lose half a stone irrespective of actual size.

The author of ‘Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children’ said:  ‘Women found it easy to tell us what they disliked about their bodies but much harder to think of what they liked.’

The health psychology lecturer added:  ‘Most said that they would be more confident if they lost weight. None of the women who took part in our interviews (even those who were, objectively, very thin) said they wanted to gain weight.’

‘We live in a culture where slimness for women is linked with all kinds of positive characteristics, including self-control, elegance, attractiveness and youth.’

Previous studies have shown that not only are slim people considered more attractive and likely to do better in job interviews and work situations, they are also less likely to be convicted of crimes and, if convicted, likely to receive lighter punishments.

Also, a study by the University of Florida found that women who weighed 25lb (around 11kg) less than the norm earn nearly £10,000 more than average-weight women.

You can read the full story in the Daily Mail.

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