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.
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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