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Women with at­trac­tive hus­bands are more likely to de­velop an eat­ing dis­or­der, a Florida State Uni­ver­sity study has found.

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

Re­searchers also found that men were rarely mo­ti­vated to do the same, re­gard­less of how at­trac­tive they con­sid­ered their wife to be.

Ex­perts say the re­search is key to im­prov­ing re­sources for women who suf­fer from eat­ing dis­or­ders, and could be use­ful in­for­ma­tion for cou­ples to keep in mind for their re­la­tion­ship.

Lead au­thor and doc­toral stu­dent Ta­nia Reynolds said: “The re­sults re­veal that hav­ing a phys­i­cally at­trac­tive hus­band may have neg­a­tive con­se­quences for wives, es­pe­cially if those wives are not par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive.”

She ex­plained that re­search shows women tended to over­per­ceive just how thin their part­ners wanted them to be and, as a re­sult, may in­ap­pro­pri­ately pur­sue dieting and a thin body.

“One way to help these women is for part­ners to be reaf­firm­ing, re­mind­ing them: ‘You’re beau­ti­ful. I love you at any weight or body type.’

“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.

The re­search also found that ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to diet did not ex­ist among women judged more at­trac­tive than their hus­bands. As for men, their mo­ti­va­tion to diet was low re­gard­less of their wives’ at­trac­tive­ness, or their own.

The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Body Im­age, of­fers pro­duc­tive in­sights about re­la­tion­ships. It ad­vanced ex­ist­ing re­search from An­drea Meltzer, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at the uni­ver­sity, that found mar­riages tended to be more suc­cess­ful and sat­is­fy­ing when wives were more at­trac­tive than their hus­bands.

It ex­am­ined 113 new­ly­wed cou­ples – mar­ried less than four months, av­er­age age late twen­ties, liv­ing in the Dal­las area – 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. Some ques­tions in­cluded: “I feel ex­tremely guilty af­ter eat­ing,” or “I like my stom­ach to be empty” and “I’m ter­ri­fied of gain­ing weight.”

A full-body photograph was taken of ev­ery par­tic­i­pant and rated on a scale of one to 10.

Two teams of un­der­grad­u­ate eval­u­a­tors stud­ied the pho­tos: one at the South­ern Methodist Uni­ver­sity in Texas fo­cused on spouses’ fa­cial at­trac­tive­ness, while an­other at Florida State Uni­ver­sity looked at body at­trac­tive­ness. The eval­u­a­tors var­ied in sex and cul­tural make-up.

“The re­search sug­gests there might be so­cial fac­tors play­ing a role in women’s dis­or­dered eat­ing,” Reynolds said. – Daily Mail

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