1st May 2013 – Mail Online – How women REALLY see their bodies

Many of us, no matter how beautiful we are, have nagging doubts about our figures. But how deep do these insecurities lie, and how much do they affect our day-to-day lives?

Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma, a psychologist specialising in body image at London’s Nightingale Hospital, says: ‘The silhouette test is widely used among psychologists because it’s a very simple way to assess how unhappy a woman is with her shape. Basically, the bigger the gap between the shape a woman thinks she is and the shape she’d like to be, the more upset she is about her body. Most women tend to have a distorted view.”

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