Tuesday, July 13, 1999 Published at 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Career women 'mimicking men'
Women are adopting the "male model" of success, says the report
Young career women are sacrificing romance and health for chain-smoking and liquid lunches as they try to get ahead, says a report.
The report shows 51% of young women in the UK, compared to 37% of young men, are likely to forego a healthy lifestyle for their career, often skipping meals, neglecting exercise and drinking and smoking heavily.
Drinking levels for women are rising, with women in full-time jobs twice as likely to exceed sensible limits as those who do not work or work part-time.
She added: "We need to challenge the idea that hectic lifestyles are glamorous and an indicator of our success.
Sleeping with the boss
"We need to say that success and power achieved at the expense of mental and physical well-being and underpinned by unhealthy eating habits is not a sustainable model."
The research also revealed that 13% of young people of both sexes aged 18-24 would sleep with their boss if it gave them a chance of promotion.
Nearly one in five said they would do something morally or ethically wrong to win a better job.
Seven out of 10 are shown to define success by wealth and career, with one in five believing a career or attaining qualifications is more important to life than family and relationships.
"The research findings highlight an urgent need for young people to define success more holistically - a definition which takes self-nurture as its starting point," said Ms Wilkinson.