These findings from the Pew Research Center reveal the struggle many women face as they navigate a world in which their physical beauty — or lack thereof — seems to matter more than their professional achievements or success raising a family. No matter how good they are in every other area of their lives, if women don’t believe they’re attractive, their well-being suffers, research has shown.

The difference between how physical beauty is valued plays out in the marketplace of goods and services that people believe enhances their attractiveness. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2016 women accounted for 91 percent of facelifts, 89 percent of liposuction procedures and 94 percent of Botox and similar injections.

Women also account for about 75 percent of eating disorders.

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