At­trac­tive part­ners can trig­ger eat­ing dis­or­der in women

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out -

At­ten­tion men, you may want to tell your wife that she’s beau­ti­ful more of­ten. A re­cent study has found that women who think that their hus­bands are more at­trac­tive than them, are at an in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing eat­ing dis­or­der and dis­sat­is­fac­tion with life. That’s the rea­son why wives, who crash-diet to slim down, are driven to do so, sug­gest find­ings by The Florida State Uni­ver­sity.

Women’s risk of de­vel­op­ing more ex­treme weight-loss be­hav­iours is linked to other forms of psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress — de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, sub­stance abuse and dis­sat­is­fac­tion with life.

The team ex­am­ined 113 new­ly­wed cou­ples — mar­ried less than four months with av­er­age age of late 20s and liv­ing in the Dal­las area of US — who agreed to be rated on their at­trac­tive­ness. Each par­tic­i­pant com­pleted a lengthy ques­tion­naire fo­cus­ing in part on their de­sire to diet or have a thin body. The re­searchers also found that men were rarely mo­ti­vated to do the same, re­gard­less of how at­trac­tive they thought their wives to be.

Lead au­thor Ta­nia Reynolds said that if men un­der­stand how women’s re­la­tion­ships af­fect their de­ci­sion to diet and the so­cial pre­dic­tors for de­vel­op­ing un­healthy eat­ing be­hav­iours, then they will be bet­ter able to help them. “One way to help these women is for part­ners to be very reaf­firm­ing, re­mind­ing them, You’re beau­ti­ful. I love you at any weight or body type,” added Reynolds.

PHOTO: SHUT­TER STOCK Ladies who think that their hus­bands are more at­trac­tive than them, are more likely to opt for crash-di­ets to slim down

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