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Letting yourself go is bad for your health

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Brits are putting their health at risk as investment in personal appearance has decreased since the economic downturn. New research from Bupa says that as purse strings tighten, taking care of the way we look has become less important.


Bupa’s Dr Katrina Herren believes feeling good about how you look is more than skin deep. “Feeling good about your appearance is inherent to a person’s self esteem and in turn their overall feeling of mental health and wellbeing. Once someone starts to neglect their appearance, they may well experience a drop in self-esteem and an increase in feelings of stress and even depression. For some, spending time and money on the outside can have a significant positive effect on health and wellbeing inside, yet this is often the thing we cut out when time and money are limited.”

Health cash plans: News update: 5 July 2010