Weight loss worth years off life, say women

THIRTY per cent of British women surveyed at 20 universities say they would shorten their lives by a year or more in exchange for an ideal body weight, according to a survey released on Monday.

Ten per cent say two to five years is not too high a price to pay for being svelte and shapely, while 3% are willing to give up a decade or more.

"The findings highlight that body image is an issue for all women and not just adolescent girls," Phillippa Diedrichs, a professor at the University of the West of England and the main architect of the survey, said on Monday.

The survey was conducted by the Succeed