In a recent survey of iVillage readers, 97 percent of women admitted to telling a “harmless” lie now and again, with nearly 60 percent of them doing it at least once a month. The most common topic they admitted lying about? You guessed it: their weight. More than half of those surveyed said they'd lied about the number on the scale. That doesn't surprise experts like Argie Allen, Ph.D., relationship therapist and director of clinical training at Drexel University.
What’s behind the lie: “We live in a culture that teaches us inappropriate messages about what our bodies should look like,” says Allen. “We’ve internalized the idea that thin is the only acceptable body type, so we try to mask our true physical selves to feel better about who we are.”