A new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science showed there is a link between women’s beliefs about what men look for in females and how satisfied women are with their own bodies.The research showed that that women were happier with their own weight when they were told that men preferred large-bodied women. These women were had a better body image, higher levels of self-esteem, ate better, were more active and had and lower levels of depression. Many women believe that men desire extremely thin model-like women like those portrayed in fashion magazines and the media. This study shows that despite the popular media, women can increase their self-esteem if they believe that the men they are attracted to aren’t comparing them to a Barbie Doll and actually prefer a woman with some substance.
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