As part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers interviewed more than 80,000 U.S. adults to find that 66% of Americans age 65 and older “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they always felt good about their physical appearance. Compare that to 61% of 18- to -34-year olds, and just 54% of 35- to 64-year olds.
At just about every age, men reported feeling better about their looks than women. The biggest gap is at age 18-24, when 69% of men feel good, compared with 57% of women—but that 12 point difference shrinks by retirement age: 64% of men vs. 60% of women.
And while 55% of white people generally feel good about their physical appearance, more than two-thirds of blacks and Hispanics reported the same.
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