Study: Older Americans Are Happiest With Their Looks

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/10/2014 | 04:15 PM EDT

Gallup poll determines seniors, Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to feel good about their physical appearance

Seniors are more inclined to wake up feeling flawless, according to a new study.


A new Gallup poll found that two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans who are 65 or older “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they always feel good about their physical appearance.


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Younger Americans aren’t too far behind. The majority of millennials also feel they are attractive, with 61 percent of the 18-to-34 crowd reporting that have a positive perception of their outward appearance. Middle-aged participants were the least likely to feel attractive, with 54 percent reporting that they are happy with what they see in the mirror.


In nearly every age group, men were more likely than women to feel confident in their looks, according to the survey. This was more evident in younger adults. More than two in three (69 percent) male participants ages 18-24 were satisfied with their appearance, compared with 57 percent of females the same age. The gap closed to a four-point difference by retirement age.


Black and Hispanic survey respondents were also more likely than White and Asian participants to be happy about their looks.


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The results are based on more than 80,000 interviews conducted. The adult participants were asked to rate their level of agreement with the statement “I always feel good about my physical appearance” on a five-point scale with five signifying they strongly agree and one meaning they strongly disagree.


(Photo: Ariel Skelley/GettyImages)

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