Body image, relationships, and time.


The cultural standard of an impossible-to-attain ideal body image has been blamed for a plethora of psychological ills, from low self-esteem to eating disorders. In this study, the authors investigated the importance of current body image dissatisfaction compared with the ideal for married couples and for single people. The results indicated that although body image dissatisfaction exists in both married and single people, this discrepancy is of significantly less importance to married couples. The importance of long-lasting, satisfying relationships decreases the importance of body dissatisfaction and mitigates the impact of unrealistic ideal body image.

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@article{Tom2005BodyIR, title={Body image, relationships, and time.}, author={Gail Tom and Alice Chen and Harriet Liao and Jian Shao}, journal={The Journal of psychology}, year={2005}, volume={139 5}, pages={458-68} }