You'd think as grown women we'd have more important things to worry about than our appearance. We've got bills to pay, careers to sort, health to look after, friendships and relationships to juggle. Stressful stuff, right?
Apparently none of these pressures compare to the anxiety we suffer over what we look like. According to a new (and super depressing) survey by TODAY/AOL, 67 percent of women have negative thoughts about their appearance making it the SINGLE biggest worry in their lives. Eight in ten women said they'd complained about being fat in the last month, 77 per cent say they worried about being old – add to that the worries the women said they have about their stomach, thighs, hair, skin and size of their bums and that's a whole lot of body angst going on. Which goes to explain why we reportedly spend an average of 55 minutes a day staring in the mirror
giving ourselves palpitations over THAT spot, THAT forehead line and THOSE weird flabby bits. To put that into perspective for you - that's the equivalent of two weeks of potential work/holiday/boxset–binging wasted obsessing over our looks each year.
And it seems no-one is immune. No matter how accomplished, how successful we are – how we look (or how bad we think we look) still casts a long shadow. And what more poignant example of that this week than the news that brilliant Team GB Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington has reportedly had a nose job. Adlington has every excuse to be the fiercest most-confident woman she can be, yet she broke down on 'I'm A Celeb' last year comparing herself to glamour model Amy Willerton and, if rumours are to be believed, she has succumbed to anxiety about her appearance.
'Every day I look in the mirror and go, ‘God, I’m not pretty. I’ve got a very big nose’,' she told the 'I'm A Celeb' diary camera.
Depressing stuff. Blame TV makeover shows. Blame the lack of confident role models. Or blame the constant stream of selfies, after all younger millennial women who have grown up with social media were found to be much more likely to feel down about their looks than their less tech-savvy counterparts, but surely we need to get our priorities straight, don't we?