Over 60 percent of women in Taiwan follow unhealthy diets that may result in them looking older and having poor health, a doctor from a beauty clinic said yesterday.
Citing a survey conducted by his Taipei-based clinic and Uni-President Enterprises Corp, physician Yang Ming-chuan (楊名權) said 60.2 percent of women polled only ate certain items or foods with zero starch content in an effort to lose weight.
The survey also showed that 30.1 percent of respondents had followed a strict diet and consumed only liquid food or water for a certain period of time, while 17.6 percent had taken medicine bought from radio stations or other non-medical sources in an attempt to lose weight.
In addition, 46 percent of respondents said they combined at least two methods to reduce weight.
However, Yang said that more than 30 percent of the total 428 respondents reported hair loss, shrinking breasts or skin problems because of following unhealthy diet plans.
As for the motivation to lose weight, 67 percent said having a slim figure would boost their self-confidence.
About 37.5 percent of the women said they wanted to look slimmer to gain recognition from others, while 34.6 percent wanted to look better in bathing suits or tight outfits during the summer.
Nutritionist Yang Cheng-hua (楊承樺) recommended that women who want to lose weight take regular exercise and eat a balanced diet that includes non-animal protein and at least five types of high-fiber fruit and vegetable every day.
Of the 428 valid responses, 236 of respondent were 29 years old or younger, while 192 were 30 years old or older.