One in two quizzed would consider plastic surgeryWomen admit to skipping meals to lose weight

20 February 2007

One in two women, including some as young as 17, would consider plastic surgery, according to a survey of almost 25,000 people published today.

Almost a third (31 per cent) of women who are size 12 also think they are overweight or fat, according to the poll for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat and 1xtra TXU.

Among those who are a size 14 - still below the UK average of a size 16 - 66 per cent think they are overweight or fat.

And almost half (43 per cent) of all women questioned said they had skipped a meal to try to lose weight while 8 per cent had made themselves sick.

Many skipped meals

The vast majority of people responding to the survey, 85 per cent, were aged 17 to 35.

In total, 37 per cent were male and 63 per cent were female.

Half of the women said there was "lots they would change" about their body while more than one in 10 said they "hated" it.

In contrast, half of men (49 per cent) said they were "okay" with how they look, and one in 10 were "very happy" with their appearance.

Body image

More than half (53 per cent) of girls aged 12 to 16 felt their body image either stopped them from getting a boyfriend or meant they cannot relax in a relationship.

Less than a quarter of men said they would opt for cosmetic surgery, but of those women who would consider it, 36 per cent were thinking of a boob job while 32 per cent would choose liposuction.

Despite the recent debate, less than 1 per cent of respondents said they were size zero (UK size 4).

'Size Zero'

However, more than one in five of the women were on a diet, compared to fewer than one in 10 of the men.

Weight Watchers was by far the most popular diet, with almost 20 per cent of dieters following it. Atkins had attracted just 1 per cent of dieters.

One in five (20 per cent) of men in their early 20s said they had taken protein supplements, compared with 11 per cent of those aged over-35.

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