Would You Trade a Year of Your Life to Be Thin?
Researchers from the University of the West of England and the Succeed Foundation polled around 320 college women, asking what they thought of their bodies and what they were willing to trade for the perfect weight. About 16 percent of the participants said they would trade a year of their lives for their desired size, while 10 percent would trade up to five years. And if that isn't shocking enough, two percent would trade a decade of their lives, and one percent would give up more than over 20 years to have the perfect body.
"The findings highlight that body image is an issue for all women, and not just adolescent girls, as is often thought," researcher Phillippa Diedrichs said in a statement."
Most of the women viewed themselves negatively, 93 percent of them said they had bad thoughts about their bodies in the past week. About one-third thought bad thoughts numerous times throughout a day. And as bullying becomes a hot-button issue, 46 percent of the participants admitted to experiencing some sort of teasing or negative commentary because of their looks.
The women aren't all talk either. Thirteen percent of them said they spend over $8,000 for the perfect body every year.
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