AUSTIN, Texas — Why do women still feel the need to hide their curves?
Because society hasn’t taught them to.
The answer, according to the women who answered a recent NBC News/Survey Monkey poll, is that their curves are considered a handicap.
“They’re just not sexy enough,” said Emily Noguchi, who works in marketing for a health insurance company in Los Angeles.
Many women I spoke to said their curves were seen as a sign of inferiority or lack of self-confidence.
“I think women feel like they can’t be themselves and that’s a shame,” said Jennifer Fagan, a 33-year-old graphic designer.
“I think they think that they have to be a perfect model, they have no agency.”
For many women, there are more pressing concerns.
For Noguchins, who is in her fourth year of a plastic surgery residency, the answer is that she’s tired of being a victim of her own body image issues.
Fagan said she’s seen a rise in the number of women reporting their doctors for “misconceptions” about their appearance, which can include unrealistic expectations of their body shape.
“If a doctor says I’m a 10-inch waist, it’s like, ‘Wow, you’re so tall and thin, you really look so thin,’ ” Fagan said.
While the number one cause of disordered eating is dieting, Nogukes said her doctors often feel pressured to fix her weight, but it’s hard to ignore the constant body dissatisfaction.
“It’s hard because I feel like I’m not supposed to be happy, and I don’t want to be,” she said.
“People are like, you are a perfectionist, so if you can’t get that, you have to accept that.”
Women are more likely to talk about their weight or shape issues than about their health.
When a woman is asked about her weight or weight-loss surgery, her response is often something along the lines of, “I don’t know, it just isn’t me,” Noguchs said.
“My body feels too big for me.
It feels weird to say it out loud.”
Fegans worries about the negative repercussions of having a bad appearance.
She has a bad stomach ache, she said, and she feels insecure about her appearance.
“There’s no way I’m going to look good if I have a bad belly,” she told me.
“When you’re young, you don’t think about what your body looks like, because you’re growing up in the culture, you can do what you want, and you just don’t realize it until it’s too late.”
“People like to be the model, and then they get caught up in their own body, and they get fat, and that is something that they need to be careful about,” Fagan added.
For a good part of the year, Noggues is stuck on a diet.
Noguchans says she can’t stay on the diet because she has to pay her doctor $20,000 for a colonoscopy.
Her doctors have told her to stop cutting out carbs and eating only raw food, but she’s not eating the healthy foods her doctors prescribe.
In the past, Noga says, she would get in shape by getting into shape by eating more calories.
“And then I’d go back and I’d be like, I’m doing this wrong,” she recalled.
And yet, she feels guilty for having a body she can only hope to achieve in the future.
I think people are like and you know, I have all the money in the world, I don and I’m like, what am I doing wrong?
The survey, which surveyed 5,000 people from January to March, was conducted by the Marketing Research Group.”
That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life.”
The survey, which surveyed 5,000 people from January to March, was conducted by the Marketing Research Group.