Several women in the country suffer from a negative body image. Many others have a low self-esteem when it comes to their bodies. Recent findings suggest that women’s perception of their own bodies is strongly influenced by what they think their husbands or partners consider as being ideal.
According to a study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, women felt better about their own weight after viewing the images of certain larger women, who were portrayed as being attractive to men. The findings suggest that the interventions that modify women’s perception regarding men’s desires for the ideal female body, may be effective at improving women’s body image. Telling women that men prefer curves, and that they dislike the thin sizes projected by supermodels, had immediate positive effects on their personal body image.
It is unclear how long these effects would last. However, the findings could have significant implications for women’s health and overall well-being.