Women Feel Judged Most by Other Women When They Wear a Bikini
In a telling swimsuit poll done by Fitness magazine, 80 percent of women said they think other women are scrutinizing them when they put on that two-piece, and 89 percent said other girls are their harshest critics on the beach or at the pool.
Forty-eight percent of the 1,000 women surveyed confessed they wouldn't even dare to don a bikini unless they lost at least 20 pounds.
The poll results, published in the magazine's June issue, "shed light on the complicated relationship women have with their bodies and how much time is spent worrying about what other women think," Fitness editor-in-chief Betty Wong said in a statement.
Fitness did the survey in the hopes of boosting women's confidence in themselves and making them realize that no one is without flaws.
"It is so important to make sure women are empowered to embrace their imperfections and celebrate their bodies -- no matter what shape or size," Wong said.
Beauty magazines showing picture-perfect models and celebrities in swimwear add to women's self-doubt, the poll found. Most surveyed said they wished they had the bodies of the stars they see, with 37 percent of them pining after Jennifer Aniston's figure and others wanting to look like the more voluptuous Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.
A surprising 60 percent of respondents said they consider themselves less in shape than other women, and 53 percent said they feel jealous and insecure when they are around another woman with a killer figure.
Only 11 percent of those polled said they're confident "as is" wearing their bikini.
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