Women spend two full weeks a year, or six hours and 24 minutes a week, working on their appearance, according to a body image survey released Monday.
For men, it's 4.5 hours a week.
Female primping might be the byproduct of anxiety: Two in three women worry about their appearance at least once a week – which is more often than they worry about their finances or health – compared to 36 percent of men.
Men aren't immune from being self-conscious, though the trait is less pronounced among them. Of their body parts, they worry about their bellies the most.
The top five insecurities for men are:
• Thin hair
• Grey hair
• Facial hair
The stomach also tops the list of female insecurities. The top five insecurities for women are:
• Natural hair
• Cellulite, butt, grey hair (tie)
More than half of men and women don't even like having their picture taken, according to the findings, and four in five teenage girls who responded said they compare themselves to female celebrities. Of those, nearly half feel that they don't stack up.
“It is not a bad thing to be invested in our appearance,” Jonathan Rudiger, a clinical psychologist in Nashville, told the TODAY show. “Our physical appearance is very much a part of the 'self.' However, we must avoid investing in our appearance for self-worth.”
He suggests appreciating your body for what it can do instead. You might not like your legs, but they powered you through a half marathon, and that tummy pouch cradled your two kids.
More than 2,000 adults and 200 teenagers over the age of 16 participated in the TODAY- and AOL-sponsored survey.