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Top 10 reasons mothers go on a diet

According to a new survey by Wholegrain Goodness, badly fitting clothes, unflattering photos, and health concerns are the top three reasons why mothers go on a diet to lose weight.

The research shows that while a mother’s main priority for family meals is keeping everyone else healthy and happy, when it comes to her own diet, it’s more about how she looks and feels.

The survey also showed that when mothers strayed from their diet, the overwhelming feeling was that of guilt, but other feelings included feeling fat, happy, naughty, and satisfied.

The top ten reasons mothers gave for going on a diet are:

1. Clothes not fitting

2. Seeing unflattering photos

3. Health reasons

4. Having children

5. A friend or family member losing weight

6. Advice from a doctor or health professional

7. Encouragement from a friend or family to lose weight

8. A celebrity losing weight

9. Other

10. Something I read in the media

Psychologist Linda Papadopoulos said: “There are a number of factors behind the decision to try to lose weight, and sadly because we live in such a visual and image-driven society it’s no surprise that the results indicate that for many a big motivator is appearance.” (IANS)

What made you decide to lose weight?

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20 Mar
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6 thoughts on “Top 10 reasons mothers go on a diet”

  1. Claire Welsh says:

    I’m bridesmaid for my sister this summer, that’s what got me on the diet wagon!

  2. Faye Jenner says:

    My baby is 5 months now, and I’m going back to work in 2 months – need to get back into my fitted suits! that’s my catalyst!

  3. Jenny says:

    My moment was when I had to buy clothes that were BIGGER than my maternity clothes :(. I’m now just a few pounds off being back in my size 12 skinny jeans.

  4. Jessica says:

    The moment I decided to lose weight was when I was playing with my son in the park and I had to sit down because I was out of breath! It really took me by surprise, I didn’t realise how unfit I’d gotten. I’m now almost one stone lighter thanks to slimming solutions, with another stone to go to my goal weight. x

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