Experts have held responsible the youngsters’ growing obsession with celebrity culture and the burgeoning market for plastic surgery.
The study, which has shocked women’s groups, also found that a quarter of those surveyed felt bigger breasts would make them feel ‘happier’.
And nearly 60% of the respondents believed that men would be ‘more interested’ in them romantically if they had bigger breasts.
It comes in the midst of widespread concern about the pressures put on modern-day women through advertising and magazines.
“Women face now unprecedented pressures to focus on their body,” the Daily Mail quoted Kat Banyard from women’s group UK Feminista as saying.
“Industries that focus on the way women look are flourishing – and that means that from a very early age, women are taught that the way they look matters more than what they do.
“The consequences of this can manifest in eating disorders or extreme measures such as plastic surgery. These figures show that women still loathe their bodies on an industrial scale.”
The survey of 1,142 women by the discount website by www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk aimed at finding out more about the attitudes young women hold towards brains and beauty. In contrast with bigger breasts would attract more men, only 43% thought that men would be ‘more interested’ in them if they had a higher IQ.