Stress over staying thin can make you lose your hair

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  • As many as one in three women over the age of 25 are left suffering from hair loss due to the stresses of modern life and society's obsession with being thin, new research reveals...

    The stresses of modern life have left one in three women over the age of 25 suffering from hair loss, research has revealed.

    Experts believe a major cause is society’s obsession with being thin. This leads women to eat less as they try to imitate the skinny frames of celebrities, which means they are not getting enough nutrients which, in turn, is causing their hair to thin or even fall out.

    The survey, commissioned by vitamin supplement specialists Vitabiotics Wellwoman Tricologic, found that 37 per cent of women have experienced hair loss to some degree, with serious thinning a problem for 4.8million women in the UK.

    Researchers argue that because the phenomenon is regarded as something that happens only to women in old age, the hair loss itself is adding to stress levels, accelerating the process. Almost all of the 3,000 women aged 25 and over who were polled said they would be ashamed to say they were losing their hair.

    Trichologist Sara Allison said: ‘We are all leading more emotionally stressful lives and are more nutritionally deficient than previous generations. The pressure on women to stay thin often means that they simply don’t eat enough to get all the nutrients or they are not eating the right foods.’

    Dr Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist, addeed: ‘In Western culture, hair is bound up in notions of femininity, youth and sexual attractiveness.

    ‘Because a woman’s hair plays a big part in value judgments made about youth and attractiveness, the experience of thinning hair is bound to be anxiety provoking.’


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