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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.

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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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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

BHAKTAPUR — Shahid Dharmabhakta National Human Organ Transplant Centre (HOTC), Bhaktapur has successfully undertaken transplant of over 400 kidneys.

Hospital’s Executive Director Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, at a press conference organised here on Friday, informed that the Centre has so far successfully transplanted kidneys on 404 patients.

The Centre had initiated the kidney transplant service on January 19, 2013.

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The inflow of patients has alarmingly increased at the facility with the start of additional medical services such as urology, gastro surgery, cardio therapy, stone removal surgery along with other surgeries, besides kidney transplant, said Prof Dr Rakesh Verma.

However, the patients are compelled to wait for the transplant for long due to limited building space and availability of beds.

Right now, around 400 patients are waiting their turns for kidney transplant and more than this number are waiting to avail of dialysis service.

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