Fat women have ‘lower quality relationships’

June 24th, 2009 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, June 24 (ANI): Fat women are likely to have lower quality relationships, but the same doesn’t hold true in case of men, finds a new study.

Dr. Janet D. Latner, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said that heavier women had lower quality relationships, which they predicted were more likely to end.

In addition they partnered with less desirable men and thought their partners would rate them as less warm/trustworthy.

The study also showed that male partners of heavier women also judged the women’s bodies less positively and men rated heavier women as poorer matches to their ideal partners for attractiveness/vitality.

However, it doesn’t hold true in case of men. Men’s BMIs were generally not associated with relationship functioning.

“Prejudice and discrimination are commonly directed at overweight individuals,” said Dr. Latner.

However, few previous studies have examined whether weight stigma occurs within established romantic relationships. Our results suggest it does,” she added. (ANI)

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