SICK? NO I'M FEELING FAT SO I WON'T BE IN WORK
MILLIONS of women suffer from such a negative body image they refuse to leave the house or go to work.
They may feel too fat or too ugly and this lack of confidence about their looks and figures means a huge loss of self-esteem.
As many as eight million British women have cancelled appointments because of their appearance.
And employers lose an estimated £114.4million every year due to "negative body image" sick notes.
The findings - from a study of more than 1,000 women - give a startling insight into behaviour caused by low self-esteem and negative body image.
A third of women are so self-conscious about their figures they cannot bring themselves to buy clothes in the right size.
Two-thirds say they are so embarrassed by their bodies that they deliberately avoid their own reflections...continued