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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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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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