Women with Handsome Husbands May Feel More Pressure to Be Thin

Women are more prone to suffer from eating disorders than men

Women are more prone to suffer from eating disorders than men

It states that a woman's desire to diet or wanting a slimmer body depends on the attractiveness of the partner she's dating. The study revealed that women who were less attractive than their partners are prone to diet and be thin to match the attractiveness of their partner.

A new study reveals that women who are less attractive than their husbands obsess about their looks and diet - and work overtime to be thin.

'Men's dieting motivations were not significantly associated with their own and their partners' attractiveness.'

"The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive", said Tania Reynolds, doctoral student at the Florida State University.

"In order to better understand women's dieting motivations, the findings of this study highlight the value of adopting an approach that focuses on a couple's relationship.", Assistant Professor of Psychology Andrea Meltzer said.

'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'.

According to Reynolds, understanding how women's relationships affect their dietary decisions and reasons behind unhealthy eating habits would help them better assist such women.

Meltzer and Reynolds examined 113 newlywed couples that had been married less than four months and were in their late 20s, all of whom were living in the Dallas area.

Researchers also found that men were rarely motivated to do the same, regardless of how attractive they considered their wife to be. Some questions included, "I feel extremely guilty after eating", "I like my stomach to be empty", and "I'm terrified of gaining weight".

Reynolds noted that other research indicated women overestimate just how thin their partners want them to be. A team of undergraduate evaluators at Southern Methodist University judged facial attractiveness, while another set of evaluators at FSU rated body beauty. "I love you at any weight or body type,"' Reynolds said. The evaluators varied in sex and ethnic makeup.

"Or perhaps focusing on the ways they are a good romantic partner outside of attractiveness and emphasizing those strengths: 'I really value you because you're a kind, smart and supportive partner'".

Reynolds thinks an interesting next step for research would be to explore whether women are more motivated to diet when they are surrounded by attractive female friends.