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Satisfying Relationship Tends to Foster Positive Body Image

Satisfying Relationship Tends to Foster Positive Body ImageNew research finds that if you are satisfied with your relationship then you are probably positive about your life.

In the study, a team at the Tallinn University in Estonia collected data from 256 women between the ages of 20 and 45.

Out of these, 71.5 per cent were cohabiting and 28.5 per cent were married.

All were asked questions about their weight, diet, self-consciousness, body image and self-esteem.

It was found that the more satisfied a woman was in her relationship, the more likely she was to be happy with her body, regardless of whether or not she was at a weight considered to be ideal.

Satisfied participants also scored higher in terms of self-esteem and lack of self-consciousness.

Study findings were presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology in York.

The findings suggests that a positive body image “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,” said lead author and postgraduate student Sabina Vatter.

Source: The British Psychological Society


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Satisfying Relationship Tends to Foster Positive Body Image

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Satisfying Relationship Tends to Foster Positive Body Image. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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