Thursday 19 September 2019

Almost one in four millennials refuse to step on the scales

(stock image) Photo: PA
(stock image) Photo: PA

Allison Bray

Close to a quarter of millennials refuse to weigh themselves despite the burgeoning obesity crisis, a new survey reveals.

Despite their reputation as one of the most image-conscious generations of all time, 21pc of Irish respondents aged between 18 and 34 believe they know best when it comes to their weight, despite what the scales might reveal. They prefer to judge their weight 'by how they feel'.

The nationwide survey of 1,000 respondents commissioned by Royal London insurance found some are either afraid of what the scales may reveal, aren't bothered or are worried they may develop an unhealthy obsession with their weight.

However, they could be dangerously burying their heads in the sand, said underwriter Colette Houton.

"The body-confidence movement taking hold across the world is teaching us that everyone can and should be proud of their body and nobody should be judged by themselves, or others," she said.

"On the other hand, however, this country is facing an obesity epidemic which is set to negatively impact our children's futures unless we improve our diet, levels of physical activity and overall approach to health and well-being."

Irish Independent

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