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12 April, 2006 - Published 13:20 GMT
Women's 'constant' body worries
Almost a third of women worry constantly about the way their body looks, according to a new survey. The poll of over 5,000 women for Grazia magazine found just one in 50 was happy with her body, with women wanting to lose an average of about nine kilos. Seven out of 10 women said life would improve if they had "better" bodies. This report is read by Jackie Dalton.
The survey concluded the average British woman worries about her body every 15 minutes. Women had tried a range of extreme measures, such as laxative use and fasting in order to lose weight. Actress and TV presenter Kelly Brook, famed for her curves, was considered to have the best British female body in the survey.
The Eating Disorders Association says body concerns are not illness - but warns anorexia and bulimia begin with a "distorted" body image.
Virtually all those who completed the magazine and website survey said they had dieted at some point in their life - with 41% saying they constantly watched what they ate. Half admitted to lying about their weight.
The most hated parts of the body for women were their thighs and waist. The only parts of the body which were widely liked were the ankles.
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