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Body image fears on the rise

An inquiry by MPs has heard that more than half the British public suffers from a negative body image.

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Getting rid of dieting 'could wipe out 70% of eating disorders'

An inquiry by MPs has heard more than half the British public suffers from a negative body image.

The diet industry acknowledged the public had "unrealistic expectations" about weight loss, while critics argued there was no evidence diets work in the long term

The inquiry, which took evidence from academics, the public, industry, charities and other experts, heard that

  • More than 95% of dieters regain the weight they lost
  • 1.6 million people in the UK suffer eating disorders
  • One in five people have been victimised because of their weight

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