Curves over career: body image is more important than work for millennials

Photo credits: Emma Kenny

London – by Chiara Fiorillo

According to new research, one out of four millennials (26%) care more about their weight than their career; also, two thirds of British young people would accept a 20% pay-cut if this meant getting the perfect body.

The research also outlines that young women are seven times more likely to worry about their figure than their career and fourteen times more likely to worry about their body image than their personality.

Another worrying fact is that one in five millennials (17%) has received comments about their weight from a colleague.

The findings from the website brought to life a worrying trend in attitudes, according to which physical attributes are more important than work progression.

The research also points out that UK millennials would take a 20% pay cut if they could achieve a thigh gap, a flat stomach, a smaller waist or larger breasts.

Body image is the biggest insecurity across all age groups and both genders in the UK.

Emma Kenny, Psychologist and Director of, said: “It’s very concerning that young people are attributing more importance to achieving the ‘perfect body’ in the short term while important long-term life goals that contribute to wider wellbeing and satisfaction are being sacrificed and overlooked.”

She added: “The key to long-term happiness is not only accepting your skills and talents and striving for success but not putting pressure on yourself to achieve the damaging ideals portrayed by celebrities through social media. Clear focussed goals across health, fitness, wellbeing, nutrition and future career goals will help raise self-esteem and ultimately offer long-term rewards.”