Women Willing to Trade Years of Life for Perfect Body

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How much would you give up for the perfect body? Health? Money? Years of your life? One recent study suggests that a third of young women would trade at least a year of life for the perfect figure. 

Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE) and the U.K. eating disorder charity The Succeed Foundation recently polled over 300 British women at university campuses around the country to determine what they would be willing to give up for the perfect shape. The results?

Sixteen percent of the women surveyed would give up a year of their life for their ideal weight and shape, while 10% said they would be willing to trade two to five years of life. An astounding 10% said they would give up 10 years, while 1% said they’d forgo 21 years (!) of living!

"The findings highlight that body image is an issue for all women, and not just adolescent girls, as is often thought," survey researcher Phillippa Diedrichs of UWE said in a statement.

Not surprisingly, the majority of the women surveyed were not pleased with their figure. Seventy-nine percent of those polled said they wanted to lose weight, even though 78% of the women were of normal weight.

While disturbing, I can understand the women’s decision to give up one year of their life (not more). They’re likely assuming they’ll live to be old and feeble and find it preferable to give up one year of ill health for several years with a great body (and probably great health as well). Would I be willing to give up a year? Probably not. However, I'd seriously consider it.

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