According to a new YouGov research, several Britons have a distressed relationship with their body. The findings showed that 33 per cent of individuals reported being ‘not very happy’ about their looks and weight and 13 per cent of the individuals were ‘not happy at all’.
Although body image issues have been stereotypically linked to women, the survey data indicate that this is a problem faced by many men as well. Thirty-one per cent of men reported being ‘not very happy’ with the way they look compared with 35 per cent of women. Ten per cent of men reported being ‘not happy at all’ compared with 16 per cent of women.
Among women, the negative feelings about their bodies seemed to peak between the ages of 35 and 40 years, with 58 per cent from this age group being unhappy. Among men, half of the individuals aged 40-45 years were unhappy with their bodies. This proportion was slightly lower (43%) in men aged 20-30 years.
Body positivity appears to improve with advancing age. Two-thirds of men aged ≥60 years were pleased with their appearance compared with 54 per cent of women in the same age group.