A new survey carried out by vouchercloud.com has revealed that almost three quarters of British women have turned down an event invitation at Christmas despite being able to attend.
Highlighting just how badly low self esteem effects women, over half of those surveyed said the reason they didn’t want to go somewhere is because they were having a ‘fat day’. This term describes when someone is feeling self-conscious about how others will judge their weight and appearance and whether or not they live up to conventional beauty standards.
Despite the fact that more women have suffered ‘fat days’ than not, the mental health charity, Rethink Mental Illness has warned that such feelings could be linked to underlying anxiety. The Director of External Affairs from the charity, Brian Dow commented:
“Turning down the odd invitations isn’t a cause for concern and the Christmas party season isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. If you’re increasingly retreating from social events because of negative thoughts about the way you look however, it could be something more serious.”
Dow also pointed out that it is perfectly normal for us all to experience feelings of anxiety, worry and fear from time to time. If these feelings are more noticeable and are becoming increasingly difficult to live with, it could be more serious than having the odd off day and could be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
If you think that you could be suffering with anxiety, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programmes page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available. Alternatively, if you think that you could have an eating disorder, our Eating Disorder Treatment page has plenty of information about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and EDNOS.