British women happiest with their bodies in EU

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  • ...but they're also the most overweight

    British women are the most comfortable in Europe with their body shape – despite being the most overweight.

    This contrasts with French women, who are the thinnest in the EU and yet still worry the most that they are fat.

    A study by French researchers into body size across the EU, and attitudes to weight, highlights huge discrepancies between countries.

    French women were found to have the lowest body mass index in Europe, averaging just 23.2. British women had the highest, averaging 26.2, which is considered overweight.

    BMI is measured by dividing weight in kilograms by height in metres squared. A ‘normal’ reading is 20-25. Under 18.5 is considered dangerously underweight, and over 30 is obese.

    Nearly 7% of French women are dangerously thin, yet half of French women believe they weigh too much, and French women aspire to the lowest weights in Europe. British women, meanwhile, consider themselves slimmer than they are, reports the Independent.

    Kate Winslet, who told People magazine she has a ‘real woman’s figure’, and has spoken out against extreme dieting, represents many British women.

    Dr Thibaut de Saint Pol of France’s national institute of demographic studies, who led the research, believes that French women are put under intense pressure by their male counterparts to be thin.


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