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Do you agree that women are most confident about their bodies at the age of 52?

Article by Fabafterfifty

Women are the most confident about their bodies aged exactly 52 and two months, according to a new study.
A poll of 3,000 adult women by myspecialk.co.uk found this was the age at which women said they felt most confident about their bodies, inside and out.

It means 52 year olds such as actress Emma Thompson, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson may currently be feeling better about their looks and body than they did when they were younger.

Speaking as someone who is 52 years and 3 months old, I can honestly say I am far more comfortable within myself than when I was younger- although if I’m totally honest, I was probably more confident about my body 10 years ago – a little too much ‘good living’ and French wine have had an effect on my waistline!

You only have to read the stories behind our inspirational ‘Fabwomen’ to see how so many women push their boundaries over the age of 50, writing books, setting up businesses, taking up new interests, travelling the world to see that life after 50 can be positive.

Feeling invisible?

I was disappointed to see Liz Jones commentary on the same study be only negative and bitter- suggesting that only celebrity women with money to invest in facelifts could be positive post 50, and that the rest of us would slide into invisibility. Well if Liz Jones wants to become invisible , she is welcome to. I’m certainly not ready to even consider invisibility as an option- now or at any point in the future.

Hopefully at 50 the majority of us will still have many more happy, healthy, fulfilling years ahead of us.

The report revealed that 66pc of women said they have become more confident with age and almost 50pc said this is because as they have got older they believe they can achieve key goals in their life such as losing weight.

Women also revealed when they feel really good about themselves they show this to the outside world in their clothing with almost half of women saying they wear red when they want to be noticed and feel most confident while 45pc said they cover up in black when they want to fade into the background.

Sophie Colling, from slimming and lifestyle website, Myspecialk.co.uk said: “It seems women in their fifties have it sussed when it comes to really understanding the relationship between feeling good on the inside and looking great and what they need to do to achieve this.

“Body confidence is a journey for women, especially when watching their weight, and when they feel good inside they will start to show it to the outside world with bright and bold colours. This may start with something small like wearing red lipstick or nail polish until they feel confident enough to dig out the red dresses from their wardrobe.”

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  1. Trisha

    December 31, 2011

    I was definately at my most confident in my late thirties, settled with partner and happy in a job I liked, having drawn a line after 6 painful years of fertility treatment, operations, IVF, miscarriages and baby deaths. Unfortunately, an early menopause started at 40; body and face tone went quite quickly, as did energy, despite HRT and the menopause clinic. Despite all this, or because of it, I went back to art school and graduated with an MA at 50. I am now 57 and working hard as a freelance designer/tutor – I know that I could not do the degree now though, just don’t have the same mental capacity or stress coping ability as prior to menopause. If you have grandchildren, or have a prospect of them, maybe that makes life look better – it does for other women I know. I suspect a lot of their contentment comes from feeling they’ve done the family bit and now reaping the rewards – which is perfectly natural. I am not depressed, but rather worn out and resigned to the best of life being behind me. At least one other friend I know (without children, not by choice) feels like me, they will push on and survive life the best they can, but if they got seriously ill, they wouldn’t fight it; sad but true. One such acquantance has already taken this route and let herself “slip away” with cancer, taking no treatment for it – she felt her life was at a natural end at nearly 60.

  2. Rebecca

    March 16, 2012

    I had no idea how fabulous I would feel at 52! I moved to Tanzania to teach English when I turned 52, into a culture where women over 45 are rock stars! It would tickle those of us “elders” to no end when we would be the center of attention for every gentleman in the place, while the cutsey 20 to 30 somethings were completely ignored.
    In cultures like the one in Tanzania, sexy is wise. Sexy is experienced and sexy is full figured. African men don’t quite trust skinny women lol!
    So, if for any reason you are looking for an esteem booster, get on that plane! Who knew my passion quotient would soar at this time in my life!

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      March 16, 2012

      Rebecca, what a great experience ! If only women over 45 were appreciated in the same way here! I would love to share your story in our ‘Fabwomen’ section 🙂

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