A recent report has revealed that women have a tendency to react negatively towards other women who are overweight.
Published in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences, the study found that women were more likely than men to demonstrate the pessimistic response.
Dr Jacquie Lavin, head of nutrition at Slimming World, commented on the results.
"Women are constantly bombarded with images of the perfect body shape, and over half have had negative comments about their weight, but many are chasing an unrealistic ideal," she said.
However, Ms Lavin added: "We're all different shapes and sizes, and that's a good thing as long as we're healthy."
Other pieces of research have found that women often lie about their relationships with food.
In a survey conducted by LighterLife, over half (51 per cent) of women claimed to have lied to their husbands, mothers or best friends about their eating patterns.