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Women choose beauty over health--study

It was found that majority of the women chose to spend on enhancing their appearance, compared to gym membership or vitamins.

Women are known to be conscious about their looks, and here is a study that proves this. According to the latest survey findings, women spend more on looks and appearance than health.

The study done on British women reveals that on an average women fork out $540 on hair products, make-up, and fake tan to look good, compared to $360 on health care.

A spokesperson for Benenden Healthcare Society, a health care provider said, “It would be wrong to say that these results come as a surprise, as so many of us are guilty of taking shortcuts to ensure we look good – often at the expense of our health.”

3000 British women surveyed
The findings are of the survey done on 3000 women in the age group 18 to 65.

All the participants were questioned on their attitude when faced to choose between health and image.

It was found that majority of the women chose to spend on enhancing their appearance, compared to gym membership or vitamins.

In fact, four out of ten women were more concerned about their looks than health.

“Women can be slim and look good, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re healthy. Having a balanced lifestyle should be a priority to everyone.”-- spokesperson for health care provider Benenden Healthcare Society

Measures adopted to enhance appearance
Nearly 19 percent of the women admitted going on a crash diet. One in 20 said that they had resorted to laxatives to be a part of the tight-fitting fashions.

Also, 3 percent women admitted to smoking, and 14 percent took to weight loss pills to shed extra pounds.

Further, 4 percent agreed that they fell prey to eating disorders in order to look good.

The spokesperson for Benenden Healthcare Society added, “They become obsessed with the latest beauty trends and maintaining a perfect look, but in the end it’s just a mirage and they’re not caring enough for what’s going on inside their bodies.

“Women can be slim and look good, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re healthy. Having a balanced lifestyle should be a priority to everyone."