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An oldie but a goldie: People feel more attractive after 65 than at 18

Study finds people feel more body confident in their golden years than they do in their youth.

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FOR THOSE WORRIED about the aging process, there may be reason for optimism. A new study has shown that those aged 65 and older feel more confident about their looks than those aged between 18 and 34.

Published this month as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the study found that two thirds of those surveyed aged 65 or older agreed or strongly agreed that they always felt good about their appearance. This was compared with 61% of 18-34 year-olds.

The study showed that there is a drop off in confidence in middle-age, with only 54% reported feeling good about their appearance.

With a sample of more that 80,000, the survey was carried out in the United States in the first six months of this year.

A survey carried out last month found that Irish women aged 45 and up were the most confident about their body and appearance. The study also found that almost half of Irish females felt that body hang ups had affected their careers.

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