Third of British women would choose weight loss over pay rise

Out of 200 female employees polled, 35% would rather be thinner than have a fatter wage packet.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

With summer fast approaching, it seems the pressure is on to have the perfect bikini bod. So much so that when travel website HolidayPlace.co.uk asked 200 British women in the workplace if they would rather lose a stone in preparation for the beach or gain £1,000 on their annual salary, over a third chose the weight loss.

Despite the downward pressure on real incomes, the ongoing recession, and the shortage of lending from banks, only 65% of women opted for a pay rise over the weight loss, and one in 10 even said they would happily forego a £1,000 salary hike if it meant losing a stone ‘effortlessly’.
 
One respondent apparently told pollsters: ‘Money is tight at the moment but I’d still be happy to miss out on the rise if I knew I’d be dropping a stone before my holidays. When you think of all the money people spend on gym membership and fad diets it’d make perfect sense.’ Yeah, perfect sense…
 
Another respondent commented: ‘It would be fab to be able to feel comfortable in my bikini on the beach this summer. It would easily be worth a grand for me if someone could guarantee me the weight loss.’
 
Over in the pro-salary-rise camp, one woman hit back at her weight-obsessed sisters, saying: ‘I’d take the money every time. Losing weight is a matter of willpower and I’m quite strong-minded. So I’d definitely take the cash and just watch what I eat.’
 
Given that a £1,000 pay rise, after tax, adds up to just £62.50 a month, and a gym membership averages out at around £50 a month, MT can see why some of the women polled would take the easy route to shed the pounds. Kind of.

Entrepreneurs, take note. This survey also makes it abundantly clear that there's still a gap in the market for instant weight loss. This lot would pay at least £62.50 a month...

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