We asked you. You an­swered. Your thoughts on get­ting naked

You pri­ori­tise your health and want to get the most out of your body – but we want to get to grips with how you re­ally feel about it. So we asked, and more than 1,800 of you told us. The re­sults are in...

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS - ROISÍN DERVISH-O’KANE words ADAM NICKEL il­lus­tra­tions

Do you want the good news, or the not-so-good news? The good: you ac­cept what your body can do for you (a whole lot, ta) and treat it with re­spect. The not-so-good? You don’t seem to like it very much. When we, along with 13 Women’s Health teams across the world, com­mis­sioned the first ever global Naked Sur­vey, we weren’t sure what to ex­pect, but when it came to UK readers, we hoped to find that more than 14% of you would de­scribe your­selves as body pos­i­tive. Alas, not so. When you also con­sider that 60% of you think your body is, well, fine (rather than be­ing to­tally con­fi­dent or re­ally un­happy with it) it’s clear that, among healthy Bri­tish women, the idea of your naked body con­jures up noth­ing more than ac­cep­tance – with no cel­e­bra­tion, ad­mi­ra­tion or love. And what’s more, it seems we’re lag­ging be­hind most of the other coun­tries sur­veyed in the body pos­i­tiv­ity stakes. Ladies, this is not good enough. If you’re like us and want to shift from luke­warm ac­cep­tance to brazen con­fi­dence (and if you’re not, that’s to­tally fine, too), let’s make a pact to re­mem­ber we’re beau­ti­ful, strong and pow­er­ful. Are you in? Good.

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