Women Worry More About Weight

New study finds that overall health isn't on women's minds.

Meryl Lin McKean and Rebecca Sapakie

WDAF-TV Reporters

August 26, 2009



What matters more to women, their weight or their real physical condition?

"I've always been body conscious. As girls, we all grow up body conscious, right?" said Allison Harris.

A new survey by the Associated Press and i-Village finds half of women don't like their weight, while just a third don't like their physical condition.

A health and fitness director with the YMCA said fitness should be the greater concern.

"It's not just the body weight, what the scale says, what they look like. It's their blood pressure, it's their cardiovascular fitness, their strength," said Lauren Heyward with the Vivion Road Family YMCA.

Most of the women surveyed didn't get the recommended two-and-a-half hours of exercise a week. And, only eight percent downed the recommended five fruits and veggies a day. Both things can improve your physical condition.

"And, a side effect will be the weight loss, the healthy body image, the way you feel about yourself," said Heyward.

Heyward said we have to stop making skinny super models our role models.

"It's from cradle to grave. Every picture we see growing up. It's all about being thin and perfect looking," said Allison Harris.

Heyward said if you're looking for role models consider super athletes. How about 40-something swimmer Dara Torres!

"They may not be super super skinny and fit into that size two or zero, but they're fit," said Heyward.

The poll also found that 16% of normal-weight women are dieting.