Would French women be particularly sensitive to the tyranny of appearance? While women's magazines draw their special slimming numbers and the books of popular nutritionists are selling like hotcakes, a recent survey of Top Health magazine confirms this phenomenon.
Not less than 87% of women would like to change a part of their body or face if they could, according to a poll Top Health / Harris Interactive. Among the parts of the body that they would like to change, the belly comes in first place (64%). Follow the thighs (50%), the buttocks (38%) and the bosom (37%).
Nevertheless, the survey reveals different desires according to the age. Thus, 63% of young women aged 15-24 would prefer to rebuild their thighs, compared with 69% of women aged 50 and over who would opt for the stomach instead. And if the Italians crack more and more young for the breast surgery, forcing the government to pass a law to prohibit the plastic surgery to minors, in France, more than mammoplasty, liposuction is on the rise!
The younger the women, the more comfortable they are with their bodies. Thus, 67% of women aged 25 to 34 feel beautiful, compared to 59% of women aged 35 to 49 and 55% of women aged 50 and over.
The end of taboos
Regarding aesthetic practices, 74% of women believe that it is "fashionable" and 61% think that it is part of the evolution of society. Nevertheless, 71% of respondents are afraid of aesthetic interventions, especially young women aged 15 to 24 (81%).
The fear of cosmetic surgery
For women, medical complications are the first barrier to "transformation" type interventions (53%). Next come the price (52%) and "not wanting to upset nature" (44%). Nevertheless, 45% of women still plan to resort to "anti-aging" or "transformation" type interventions.
Finally, women have no problem with the idea that men can resort to aesthetic methods. Thus, 73% of them find normal that men want to change their appearance. On the other hand, 94% of women find it shocking that minors can have access to plastic surgery.
For more information: This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive for Top Santé magazine, between February 1 and 8, 2010, with a sample of 1,000 women representatives of the French population aged 15 and over.