BBC survey: 50% of female respondents would consider plastic surgery
A BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and 1Xtra TXU survey into how young Britons feel about their bodies found that more than 50% of female respondents said they would consider having plastic surgery.
Almost a third (31%) of size 12 women describe their body as either overweight or fat.
And, in response to the survey, 43% of women say that they have skipped a meal to try and lose weight, while 8% have made themselves sick.
Almost 25,000 people completed a 16-question survey via the Radio 1 Newsbeat and 1Xtra TXU websites, between 26 January and 9 February 2007.
The vast majority, 85%, of respondents, were aged 17 to 35.
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Almost a third (31%) of size 12 women describe their body as either overweight or fat, rising to two-thirds (66%) amongst size 14 women.
Half of the women surveyed (50%) said that there are "lots they would change" about their body, while more than one in ten said that they "hate" their body.
In comparison half of the men (49%) said that they are "ok" with how they look, and one in ten are "very happy" with their appearance.
More than half (53%) of the girls, aged 12 to 16, feel that their body image either stops them from getting a boyfriend or means that they cannot relax in a relationship.
Given the choice of three different female body types, both men and women rated a curvy body as the best.
More than 50% of female respondents said they would consider having plastic surgery, compared with less than a quarter of men. Of those women, 36% would opt for breast enhancement, and 32% would go for liposuction.
Despite heated debate, less than 1% of respondents said that they were size zero (UK size 4). The survey suggests they are more likely to hate their body than size 12 women.
Forty-three per cent of the women say that they have skipped a meal to try and lose weight, whilst 8% have made themselves sick.
More than one in five female respondents said that they were on a diet, compared to fewer than one in ten men.
Weight Watchers was by far the most popular diet (with almost 20% of the dieters following it), but Atkins has plummeted in popularity with only 1% opting for the low carbohydrate eating plan.
Boys Bulking Up
On protein supplements, 20% of young men in their early 20s say that they have taken them, compared to 11% of over 35s.
When asked to rate photos of differently shaped male bodies, almost 80% of men favoured a very muscular physique.
Notes to Editors
Respondents completed the Radio 1 Newsbeat and 1xtra TXU survey via their websites between 26 January and 9 of February 2007.
Any use of the above should be credited to: BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and 1Xtra TXU.