Women feel fat when they look in the mirror no matter what their weight
To her husband and friends, she looks happy, slender and confident, in her size 12 jeans.
But when the same woman looks in the mirror, the picture she sees is distorted.
Just one in 17 women of a healthy weight actually considered themselves to be “slim”, a new survey has found.
The study, involving thousands of people, provides a disturbing insight into female self esteem. Volunteers were asked to look at themselves in the mirror and select from 12 adjectives to describe how they felt or how they considered they looked. Those taking part were also measured to determine whether they were overweight or of a healthy weight.
Among women who were the right weight for their height, just 13 per cent said they felt happy when they saw their reflection and only six per cent thought they were slim.