Scientists Shocked Women Lose Weight To Become More Attractive

Attractiveness of romantic partner may lead to a desire to diet Study

Attractiveness of romantic partner may lead to a desire to diet Study

According to a Florida State University (FSU) study women feel more pressure to diet and be thin if they have an attractive husband, if they're perceived as less attractive than he is.

The study shows wives who crash-diet to slim down are often driven to do so if they feel their husbands are better-looking than them.

That extra motivation also didn't extend to men, who cared little about dieting regardless of their wive's attractiveness or their own.

Doctoral student Tania Reynolds stated, "The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive".

"If we understand how women's relationships affect their decision to diet and the social predictors for developing unhealthy eating behaviours, then we will be better able to help them", she added.

The researchers followed 223 Dallas couples, most of whom were in their late 20s and married less than four months.

Each participant answered a questionnaire focusing in part on their desire to diet or have a thin body. Every couple was rated on a scale of one to 10, based on their attractiveness from a full-body photograph by two independent panels. Results demonstrated that own and partner attractiveness interacted to predict only women's dieting motivations and behaviors. Understanding the factors which lead to woman developing an eating disorders and other issues can lead to better assistance.

'The research suggests there might be social factors playing a role in women's disordered eating, ' Reynolds said.

"One way to help these women is for partners to be reaffirming, reminding them: 'You're attractive".

The study advanced existing research from the Meltzer lab that found marriages tend to be more successful and satisfying when wives are more attractive than their husbands. "It might be helpful to identify women at risk of developing more extreme weight loss behaviors, which have been linked to other forms of psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life". "I love you at any weight or body type, '" Reynolds said. A team of undergraduate evaluators at Southern Methodist University judged facial attractiveness, while another set of evaluators at FSU rated body beauty. The evaluators varied in sex and ethnic makeup.

"Perhaps by also focusing on the ways they are a good romantic partner outside of attractiveness and emphasising those strengths: 'I really value you because you're a kind, smart and supportive partner, '" she said.

Reynolds added that women tend to overestimate how thin their husbands want them to be.

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