Women In Unhappy Relationships More Likely To Stress About Weight

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Young woman looking in mirror
By: Krystle Crossman

We all struggle with body issues every now and then but there is new research that suggests that women who are in happy relationships are much less worried about their bodies than other women. The study was recently presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology conference. It was conducted by researchers at Tallinn University in Estonia.

There were 256 women involved in the study. There were all asked questions about their love lives, body-image, self-consciousness, diet, and weight. The women were all 20-45 years of age. What the researchers found was that the women who were the happiest in their relationships had the lowest number of issues with self-esteem or how they viewed their body.

While the study was merely about correlation and was not something that could show the cause and effect of a committed and happy relationship, it certainly does give some insight on how different a woman views herself when she is happy with her partner. It seems simple really. If a woman is single she feels that she has to take hours to get ready before going out in case she meets someone. She wants to look her best. Some women won’t start even attempting to date again until they have reached their ideal weight and tend to stress over even the last five pounds or so. Being alone out there and trying to find someone can put a huge damper on your self-esteem and make you a lot more self-conscious about how you look. Granted you shouldn’t be basing your relationship solely on whether he finds you attractive or not, but first impressions are everything. Women who are in a relationship already do not have to worry about looking perfect because they have already found someone who loves them for who they are.

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  1. Al Hill..
    That’s right… because it can go 2 ways. First we need to learn how to love who God created in the mirror every morning before we even want to get involved into a relationship with any man.
    Insecurities in african american women cause our minds to do crazy tricks on us which lead us to negative actions… one is drawing the wrong companions into relationships. We gotta learn how to love (yours-truly) first by locating Miss Sexy on the inside of our being without using clothes, weaves, make-up and loads of jewelry to define who we really are. I had to learn how to love me first inspite of rather I thought men found me attracted or not. Low-self-esteem can be deadly to a womans morale all the way around the clock. I had to teach my-self that: *(I WAS OKAY) inspite of my short-comings because I’m only human and being human is to error… and the number 1 at the top of my list a MUST is: MY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD / aka:My CREATOR… Its called putting all things into perspective first, which will eventually override everything else of importance…

    Ending to the beginning results: I found the real me and fell inlove with me first before the man, and now the man / companion has come… *and I am still careful for nothing…

  2. Watching our blackmen on a daily basis in committed relationships with other women of color and most of our blackmen behind bars has caused a serious unbalance of emotions and insecurities in the makeup of our black women… and then we allow brothers to walk all over us with disrespect because many of us fear we will never be married or have companionship… We don’t realize that a Blackman is not the only type of man God created on this planet… That’s the war of cause and affect…

    • Must be refreshing to except no responsibility for your direction of the African-American culture, women lead the direction of male culture like all other species, that “Brother” in prison will be pursued & admired by African-American women, the “Brother” who speaks proper English, eats healthy with a strong moral center, will be ostracized & ridiculed, you really believed no one has noticed this. Women shape the cultural bend Of African-American Men

      • Al Hill…

        Don’t assume that you’ve tallied REDBONE up by just one simple comment in this blog room. I wear many faces and many names, and clueless I’m not by far.
        I’m ostracized 24-7 for speaking the truth. I communicate with more brothers behind bars then I do with brothers who are not behind bars and seem to believe they are free by their actions, the clothes they wear and the simple petty materialistic things they have accomplished in life they feel defines them.
        I raised 2 sons/ black males (1 prison & 1 military)… The one behind bars is not there because I wasn’t a good mother… he had a dysfunctional father, I escaped the marriage before he could destroy the youngest son… and I raised them to respect the black-woman, but I also did not raise them to be no fool…
        Mr. Hill I’m a horse of another color… I don’t sugar-coat BS and I don’t compromise either…
        To whom much is given much is required…
        PS: I am NOT responsible for the shaping of our black-men today and it is refreshing to now be set-apart from all the BS because I suffered to walk in my shoes Mr Al Hill… People are grown and make their own damn choices… and man would rather believe a lie then the truth.
        The word says: Men love the darkness rather then the light and I don’t support LA Preachers and I don’t throw my money up in the air to any churches in the black communities nor the white either…
        *My companion is behind bars…blank blank blank very very intelligent, healthy and all the above.

        NOW WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT AGAIN??????????????

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