After studying women in their 40's and 50's the conclusion was that over 90 per cent of us are so depressed with our image, we suffer something called 'Midlife Mirror Angst Syndrome'. OMG they gave it a name.
Just nine per cent of women over 50 felt proud of what they see in the mirror. The changes that come with age, combined with a youth-obsessed fashion industry, lead to a dramatic drop in body confidence for women the older they get – resulting in the OMG – Midlife Mirror Angst Syndrome.
Adult behaviour psychologist Susan Quilliam said: 'Women reach the peak of mental, emotional and relationship effectiveness as they reach midlife after bringing up a family and becoming confident in their jobs.
'Sadly the same can't be said for their feelings about their bodies. There's no psychological underpinning for this, but the fact remains that at midlife, women can feel invisible – or at worse, unattractive.'
Two thirds of everyday mature women blame a lack of suitable clothes available to them – complaining that fashion retailers' tailoring highlights, rather than hides, problem areas.
'We're all born with a specific body shape but that becomes exaggerated as you get older. We develop a thicker waist and lower bust and tend to be much more 'straight up and down. So a 50-year-old woman who is a size 12 will be a different size 12 now than she was at 30.
Half of the over-50s opted for average or frumpy while younger women were more likely to consider themselves as attractive or very attractive. Add to this the fact that there is a severe lack of clothes for the more mature woman and it's no wonder many are so unhappy with their figures.
I wish there was a magic pill we could take to change Midlife Mirror Angst Syndrome from a pity party to a celebration. But we all know that would isn't happening any time soon. So, in the meantime, do everything you can to take care of that body of yours. You've put it through a lot and you know what – you're still looking pretty darn good.
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