Women dreading the festive season over weight gain fears

Survey shows two thirds of us are unhappy with the way we look after Christmas indulgence

Woman eating xmas dinner
Woman eating xmas dinner
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Survey shows two thirds of us are unhappy with the way we look after Christmas indulgence

It's the time to eat, drink and be merry - but it appears most women actually dread the festive season because they fear piling on the pounds.

Research, pulled together by Harley Street clinic LoveLite and YouGov data, has shown two thirds of British women hate the way their stomachs look after indulging over the Christmas holidays.

Hips and thighs were also a cause for concern, with 47 per cent and 42 per cent respectively feeling unconfident due to weight gain in those areas.

The demand for non-surgical fat-reduction treatments has risen in recent years, with LoveLite reporting a 200 per cent increase on last year.


Some women are even pre-emptively booking treatments so they can avoid any unnecessary weight gain over Christmas.

LoveLite owner Debra Robson-Lawrence said: 'Christmas should be a time of celebrating and relaxing with friends and family but instead the majority of British women are stressed out from calculating the effects of all the extra food and drink.

'They are dreading the fact that their figure is going to expand and especially hate putting on weight around their tummy.

'We’ve had a lot of women book in for treatments now to take off hard to lose fatty areas before the Christmas break to make up for the weight they think they are going to put on during the festive break.

'Most want to remove fat off their stomach but there is also a significant number that want to have fat-reduction treatment on their thighs and hips.'

Are you worried about Christmas weight gain or do you think Christmas is the time to be relaxing and celebrating with your friends and family? Let us know in the comments below.


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