Research from FitRated polled over 1,000 people, and came to the depressing conclusion that women feel happier with their bodies when they’re technically under weight.
FitRated says: "According to our study, women felt the most body confident when they were underweight, with a body mass index (BMI) under 18.5. Women whose BMI ranged from 18. 5 to 24. 9 rated their body confidence only a 3. 4 on our scale of five, while overweight and obese women rated their confidence 2. 8 and 2. 1, respectively. "
The fitness company, who clearly support health rather than thinness, are quick to point out that being skinny does not always equate to being healthy and as such is not a positive stand-alone goal.
FitRated writes: "Despite being marketed as beautiful, thinness doesn’t necessarily translate to healthy for everyone. Certain fats can be especially dangerous and hard to detect, and being underweight can produce complications of its own, including reduced immune functions, infertility, and developmental delays. "
The good news is that men don’t feel the same way – men were the most comfortable when they were at a healthy weight and felt almost the same about their bodies whether they were overweight or underweight. Which is genuinely lovely.
Overweight men ultimately rated their confidence nearly the same as women with a healthy BMI – which I wish more women shared as a sentiment.
It must be truly great to be able to think ‘I’ve had a bit too much cake lately – I’ll lay off the sugar’ and not feel upset, rather than spending the next two days reflecting on how weight gain has rendered you useless, unattractive and unworthy of love.
If you’re worried about your BMI being either too high or too low, first of all try to remember that it’s not a perfect measure of health, and secondly try chatting to your GP.