London – Millions of women are not taking enough exercise because they are afraid of being ‘judged’, a report says.
They worry they will be ridiculed for being sweaty, out of breath or struggling at the back when jogging or at the gym.
Some women have taken to running in secret on treadmills installed in sheds in their back garden because they are too ashamed to do it in public.
A report by MPs on the Commons’ Health Select Committee also highlights how girls as young as ten shun physical education classes because they worry about their body image.
Figures show that just over two thirds of women, 68 percent, do not take the recommended level of exercise of two and a half hours over the course of a week.