London, Jan 29 (Agencies): It seems that women never change. They prefer spending more on their looks than on their health, a new survey has revealed.

The survey stated that the average bill for hair products, make-up and fake tan in a bid to look young is 336 pounds a year while just 228 pounds is spent on vitamins and gym membership.

The statistics surfaced in the poll of 3,000 women from age 18 to 65 who were asked questions on attitudes when faced with choosing between image or health, according to the reports.

Nearly 19 per cent agreed on to to crash-dieting and one in 20 resorted to laxatives to squeeze into tight-fitting fashions, the survey found.

A meager three per cent admitted to taking up smoking to shed a few pounds and 14 per cent have turned to diet pills. Four per cent said they had go through an eating disorder to look their best for a night out.

A spokesman for the health group behind the survey, Benenden Healthcare Society, said: "There's a real danger that British women are becoming too focused on what they look like and forgetting to look after their inner health."