Starting with Beauty and The Beast, following some other similar stories in the movies, TV shows and in real life as well, we have been familiar to relationships in which the super gorgeous girl is in the arms of a less attractive boy. As it turns out, there is a reason for that.
Some scientists are here to look deeper into our souls and beyond the fairy tales since they have discovered that the ladies are really happier with less attractive men. According to a study by Florida State University, heterosexual relationships are more successful when the female is the more attractive one.
Kind of like Comedy Central’s new vomit-inducing Your Face Or Mine:
The researchers examined 113 newlywed couples in their 20s. The spouses lived near Dallas and had been married for less than four months.
But researcher Tania Reynolds said the study has wider implications:
”The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive.”
It may be helpful to recognize ladies at risk of developing weight-loss conditions that are connected with anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
According to the journal Body Image, these ‘social factors ’ had a negative impact on a woman’s dieting habits and ‘disorder eating’
Florida State University News discloses that woman with less attractive husbands felt less need to diet all the time which made them much happier in their relationship.
As per US’ National Eating Disorder Association, these are scary findings in a world of up to 70 million people suffering from an eating disorder.
Contrarily, men weren’t as pressured to diet as a consequence of their partner’s looks:
”In contrast, men’s dieting motivations were not significantly associated with their own and their partners’ attractiveness.The husbands seemed to be basically more committed, more invested in pleasing their wives when they felt that they were getting a pretty good deal.” adds Tania
Even though beauty ideals affect both male and female, it seems that women are those who are more vulnerable to real life comparisons.
Reynolds made a suggestion as to how couples can combat those negative feelings:
”One way to help these women is for partners to be very reaffirming, reminding them, ‘You’re beautiful. I love you at any weight or body type’.Or perhaps focusing on the ways they are a good romantic partner outside of attractiveness and emphasizing those strengths: ‘I really value you because you’re a kind, smart and supportive partner.”
”If we understand how women’s relationships affect their decision to diet and the social predictors for developing unhealthy eating behaviors then we will be better able to help them.”