ATLANTA (WAOK) – The rapidly approaching summertime isn’t leaving everyone in a sunny disposition. Nearly half of the respondents in a new Anytime Fitness poll say they aren’t looking forward to donning beachwear or skimpy outfits as the weather warms up, because they’re self-conscious about their looks. A third admit they have a “low” or “very low” body image. Just over a third say they won’t be able to fully enjoy summertime activities because of their fitness level, but 20-percent don’t believe they look “fit” enough to be seen in a gym. Body image issues also dictate how some dress, with 55-percent saying they “compensate for certain areas” or “cover up everything.”
Women are nearly twice as likely to struggle with the matter. Nearly 60-percent of the women but just 28-percent of the men say they become stressed over their body image. And half of the women but just 17-percent of the men are embarrassed to state their weight.