Women feel most body confident when they’re medically underweight. So that’s just great.
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 say: ‘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 write: ‘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.