According to a recent study done by British plus-sized retailer Littlewoods, 74% of women who wear a British size 16 (size 12 in the U.S.) say they are happy with their appearance and have high body confidence—nearly twice as many (42%) as those wearing a British size 6 (U.S. 2)
The study, which commissioned a poll of 2,000 women on dress size and confidence, additionally revealed that half of those whose weight had fluctuated in the past three years were happiest with a fuller, size 16 figure, while 52% of size 6 women wished they were curvier like celebrities Nigella Lawson, (who was voted the curvy celebrity British women are most envious of) Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Christina Hendricks, and Adele.
And, though women sized 14 to 18 had a generally positive outlook on their appearance, those sized 6 to 10 were considerably more critical, with only 59% reporting they were happy with their appearance.
Not only does the Littlewoods study totally refute societal expectations for female body image, but its proven celebration of curvier women provides hope for future generations of girls. As Gary Kibble, Retail Brand Director at Littlewoods, says, “It’s great to see curvier real women are feeling empowered to embrace their body shape and feel good too.”
Image via Rolling Out