Women Worry About Being Fat a Lot More Often Than You Think

Mary Fischer
Does this dress make me look fat?
A new study out of Britain has found that seven out of ten women worry about their weight & being fat three times per day. If that isn't bad enough, 80 percent of the women surveyed also reported being depressed about the way they look.

And while this news isn't exactly a huge surprise considering how badly all women want to look good and feel comfortable in their own skin -- the "three times a day" number is actually kind of shocking. (Three times per day? Really?!)

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I don't know about you, but I think about being fat and fret about my weight way more often than that. If I had to guess, I'd say contemplating the size of my rear end and how far my belly protrudes out from my body crosses my mind at least 10, if not 15 times per day. (And don't even get me started on my jiggly arms.)

Maybe I'm self-absorbed and narcissistic. Maybe I'm obsessed with looking good because I spend the majority of my time online looking at photos of countless (seemingly) perfect celebrities who don't have one lump or bump in sight. Or maybe I just can't stand the thought of never looking like I did on my wedding day, even though I'm almost 35 years old and know it's about time to get over it and move on.

Whatever the reason for my constant self scrutiny, every time I pass by a mirror, get in or out of the shower, go to put on my clothes for the day, decide whether or not to eat carbs with my lunch, look at photos of myself, or God forbid put on a bathing suit -- I worry about my weight. I've tried to let go of the negative self talk -- I really have. But for some reason, no matter how hard I try, I'm not sure that I'll ever be fully satisfied with my body.

And you know what? I really don't think I'm alone -- and I think this study from Britain was being extremely kind when it comes to how often women worry about their appearance. Pretty much everyone I know has the same concerns, and sadly, it's not a phenomenon that's going to disappear anytime soon.

As long as there are celebrities and models on magazine covers who manage to look toned, undimpled, and virtually flawless -- regular women will question their own bodies and wonder why in the hell they don't look that good. And yes, I know that's kind of vain and very sad -- but it's the truth. And I guess sometimes the truth hurts us whether we intend for it to or not.

Do you worry about your weight on a daily basis? How many times per day do you think about it?

 

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