Women in a Good Relationship Satisfied With Body Weight , Have Higher Self Esteem

First Posted: Dec 09, 2013 05:56 AM EST

Women that are in a good relationship are more likely to be satisfied with their body weight, irrespective of whether or not they had an ideal weight, a new study found. Also, these women have a higher self esteem and lower self consciousness.

The latest study presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology, was led by Sabina Vatter at the Tallinn University. The study was based on the data from nearly 256 women between ages 20 and 45.

Out of the given number of participants, nearly 71.85 percent of them were cohabiting and just 28.5 percent of them were married. The women were made to answer questions that about their body weight, their earlier experience of diets, self esteem, self awareness of body image and intimacy and contentment of their relationships.

After analysing the responses, Vatter noticed that those women who were satisfied with their relationships were more likely to be satisfied with their body weight whether or not they had an ideal weight. Also, they displayed a high self esteem and a low self consciousness.

Sabina Vatter concludes saying,  "We also found that women who had previously been on a diet or being on diet during data collection were less satisfied with their body weight, weighed themselves more often, were more self-conscious and had higher BMI's than women who have not been on a diet. These findings suggest that our satisfaction with body size, shape and weight has more to do with how happy we are in important areas of our lives, like our romantic relationships, than it does with what the bathroom scales say."

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