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Body image linked to overall satisfaction: Study

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NEW YORK — Body image is strongly connected to overall life satisfaction and feelings about romantic relationships, according to the researchers.

“Our study shows that men’s and women’s emotions about their weight and appearance play a major role in how satisfied they are with their lives overall,” said David Frederick, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University and lead author on the study.

In a survey of more than 12,000 Americans adults between ages 18 and 65 years, the questions focused on personality, beliefs about romantic relationships, self-esteem, television viewing, and personal characteristics.

The results showed that around 24 percent men and 20 percent women felt very or extremely satisfied with their weight and only half felt somewhat to extremely satisfied.

The results also showed that dissatisfied people had higher neuroticism, had more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles, and spent more hours watching television.

The findings are consistent with the emphasis placed on the importance of being slender for women and for appearing athletic and lean for men.

“It would seem, therefore, that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the goal of being truly happy with their bodies,” Frederick added in the paper published in the journal Body Image.

People who were dissatisfied with their weight reported substantially less satisfaction with their sex lives and lower overall self-esteem.

People’s orientations towards their relationships — known as ‘attachment styles’— were linked to how people felt about their bodies.

Women with more anxious and fearful attachment styles were more dissatisfied with their appearance and weight.

Dissatisfied people had higher neuroticism, had more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles and spent more hours watching television but satisfied people had higher openness, conscientious, extraversion, are more secure in attachment style and had higher self-esteem and life satisfaction,  the study noted.

Dr. Frederick noted that, “body dissatisfaction and anxious attachment styles can lead to an out of control spiral and fuel each other. People who are less confident in their appearance become more fearful that their partner will leave, which further fuels their worries about their appearance.”

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Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai

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A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.

The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.

According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.

But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.

He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.

Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.

The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.

‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.

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