Study Proves Women’s Biggest Critics Are Women

There’s a good chance that before you made it into the office this morning you took the time to criticize yourself. In fact there’s a 46% chance that before 9:30 this morning you found a way to put yourself down.

A new survey from Weight Watchers UK is showing us just how critical women are of themselves. The study, a part of Weight Watchers’ #WomanKind campaign, surveyed 2,00 women from ages 18 to 60 and the results are pretty shocking.

The average woman criticizes herself at least 8 times a day, which is a minimum of one criticism every 3 hours.

Of course the leading criticism among all women had to do with body image, and experts are blaming it on selfie culture.

“Today’s hectic and visually driven world has meant that we’re seeing a rise in women being self-critical, from the way they look to the way they feel at work,” Zoe Griffiths, the head of public health and program at Weight Watchers, told Daily Mail.

Right behind us criticizing our physical is lifestyle choices. The survey found that most women feel they’re not making enough money or at the “right” job.

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“Our research has shown that being unkind to ourselves has been an underlying theme for women for many years, but a set of very modern cultural conditions have increased the intensity of this unkindness which are hard to avoid.”

Other common criticism include:

  • Not exercising enough
  • Feeling scruffy compared to other women
  • Deflecting compliments by saying something negative about yourself
  • Not wearing something because you don’t think you can pull it off
  • Wishing you were as photogenic as other women are on social media

The saddest finding in this study is that 42 percent of women admitted to never having complimented themselves and others have only ever given themselves, ‘a pat on the back’.

As depressing as the results of the study may be, they are definitely a wake up call for women to realize the normal everyday ways we don’t love ourselves. Let’s stop self sabotaging and start self celebrating!

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.