Q WHICH BODY TYPE DESERVES MORE PROMINENCE IN ON THE MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA?
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The call for more representation of ‘in-between’ bodies – and those that have birthed a baby – suggests WH readers are willing to foster body acceptance. ‘When we see a shape that looks like ours in the media it sends the subconscious message that we’re okay,’ says Dr Silver. ‘So wanting to see more “average” bodies shows that women want to feel at home in theirs.’ While UK women aren’t shouting about self-love from the rooftops (we are British after all), our ears are open. Perhaps because we’ve realised that striving to be proud of our bodies – in jeans, gym kit and our birthday suits – is a more rewarding journey than the pursuit of perfection. In-between-size bodies 65% – say, sizes 12-16 Differently abled 44% Post-baby 42% Small-breasted and plus-size 32% Athletic with super-toned muscles 31% Petite (shorter than 5ft 2in) 31% Tall (taller than 5ft 10in) but not model-thin 27% Post-weight loss 27% Busty and plus-size 26%