One in four women refuse to keep the lights on during sex — or won’t have sex at all — because they’re ashamed of their bodies, according to the Daily Mail. Apparently, we have a serious problem on our hands, ladies.
Weight Watchers conducted the study of more than 2,000 women and men to examine the state of body confidence in today’s society. Even the men were bashful about baring it all in the bedroom: 38 percent of both male and female particiant were afraid their partners would be turned off if they saw their naked forms.
And it’s not just intimate partners that women are afraid to disrobe in front of — it’s themselves, too! Sixty percent of the women polled will not even look in the mirror when they’re getting undressed (let’s hope they do when they’re getting dressed!).
The study isn’t just your run-of-the-mill body-confidence experiment, though. According to the Daily Mail, Weight Watchers decided to conduct the research to kick off its first naked issue of Weight Watchers magazine! (We’ve come a long way from counting points, huh?)
The catalyst was from salacious though. It has more to do with drawing attention to body acceptance. Editor Helen Renshaw told the Daily Mail: ‘It is worrying that so many people feel unhappy or ashamed of their bodies.”
The models for the issue are an empowered bunch indeed. Six women and three men bravely went buck naked after shedding a significant number of pounds, thanks to Weight Watchers’ time-tested program. The women “models” dropped 22 stone and 3 pounds (about 312 pounds) and the men 29 stone 13 pounds (about 407 pounds) — collectively, of course!
“We hope that showing and celebrating healthy, strong, ‘real’ bodies will inspire people to feel more confident about their own body shape,” Renshaw expressed. She said the concept for Weight Watchers’ naked issue was born from the tradition of celebrating fashion in the September issue of most women’s consumer magazines. “We love fashion as much as the next person, but what is more interesting than clothes is what is going on in our heads – and how we feel about our bodies,” Renshaw confidently told the Daily Mail.
It’s only the women, though, who will appear in Weight Watchers’ September issue; then men will have to wait for October.