Hip dips. Heard of them? Our survey of 2,000 Brits, conducted by TLF Panel on behalf of The Hospital Group, suggests thousands of us have and are concerned about how they make us look and what others think of them. It also turns out many people have misconceptions about what hip dips are, whether everyone has them, and if they should do something about them.
Allow us a few minutes to bust some toxic myths and help you become better informed about hip dips.
Hip dips are slight inward curves around the hips and a natural feature on a woman’s body. Despite the increase in Google searches on the topic since 2017, according to our research, four-in-five Brits haven’t heard of them. However, most of those that have heard of this emerging body trend, think that they’re health or weight related – which is simply just a myth.
Their appearance varies between women with very little consistency: they can be pronounced, extremely subtle, or, in some cases, not noticeable at all, and are formed by the natural shape of your pelvis.
Because they’re a natural part of a woman’s body, and apparent in those of all ages and sizes, it’s impossible to say whether hip dips are good or bad – they’re just part of you.
However, two thirds of women believe hip dips are weight related. A quarter of women believe having noticeable hip dips makes them less attractive – a sentiment that’s strongest among 25-34-year-olds with over a third (35%) considering them to be an unattractive feature.
Social media is stirring the pot, according to our survey. 35% of Brits who say they’re extremely active on social media have heard of hip dips. Among Brits who don’t use social media at all, 96% do not know what hip dips are.
Despite the more time spent browsing social sites tending to correlate with a greater number of people saying they feel unhappy with their body, the popular hashtag #hipdipsrsexy will hopefully aid with feelings of self-love and attractiveness around hip dips.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion about their own body, but it’s most useful to take on board the facts; there’s a misconception that there is a relationship between weight and severity of hip dips. They’re as natural as the shape of your nose or the size of your feet, and nothing to be concerned about.
Not all women have hip dips. While they’re present in roughly a third of women, only one-in-ten can say for certain that they notice them, even when presented with an image of what they look like to compare.
Hip dips shouldn’t be considered an abnormality, no matter how overweight, underweight, or healthy you are. There’s really no need to worry. However, the reality is over half of women wish they could change a part of their body. If hip dips are a cause for anxiety, it’s helpful to know there are healthy techniques and practices you can follow to learn how to reduce hip dips or minimise their appearance.
Simply put, find a muscle strengthening exercise routine that suits you and begin to build positive muscle mass around the area. Dieting isn’t the answer. Before long, you’ll begin to see less noticeable curves. This won’t necessarily work for everyone, though, and won’t remove hip dips, just their appearance. As part of your bone structure, they’re a part of you. Own them!
Not at all. They’re common and natural, and found in billions of women across the world of all ages, sizes and lifestyles – make up your own mind on their appearance but there’s nothing to be concerned about.
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