ITV’s Dancing on Ice star, Hayley Tamaddon has put the spotlight on new statistics showing how women are placing themselves at risk by prioritising looks over inner health.
Four in ten women are more worried about their looks than their health, according to research by Benenden Healthcare Society.
The study revealed that women are more prepared to spend money on products that give the impression they are healthy - rather than healthy products. One in five admit to crash dieting and one in twenty have resorted to laxatives to squeeze into tight-fitting fashions. Eight in ten would be encouraged to continue their bad habits if they received a compliment, and one in five would do anything to get into a size eight pair of jeans.
Benenden Healthcare says, “There is a real danger that women are becoming too focused on what they look like and forgetting to look after their inner health. They become obsessed with the latest beauty trends and maintaining a perfect look, but in the end it is just a mirage and they are not caring enough for what is going on inside their bodies. Women can be slim and look good, but it does not necessarily mean they are healthy.
Hayley Tamaddon says, “The pressure on young woman in the public eye to look good is huge and often extremely unhealthy. I would really encourage all women that their own health and wellbeing should always come first – and it is so true that being healthy can often be a better route to happiness.”
Health cash plan news: 27 January 2011