Woman, body, body snobs.
There are a number of reasons women seem to be drawn to the opposite sex.
But the common thread is that they have an unhealthy obsession with their bodies.
According to a new study, women who think their bodies are the center of the universe and are obsessed with their appearance are less likely to seek a mate and a career.
The study, published Thursday in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, shows that women who feel a sense of self-importance in their appearance or are hyper-focused on the appearance of others are more likely to reject the dating market, and in turn, end up in the sex trade.
The results suggest that men may also be affected.
While men are more often attracted to women who seem to have the self-confidence to be their own boss, women are more attracted to those who feel they have to be the boss, said Dr. Katherine Paine, lead author of the study.
The findings suggest that the idea that we should be judged on how we look rather than on our accomplishments is damaging, Dr. Paine said.
A recent study of more than 5,000 adults found that women, by a large margin, think their appearance is more important than their ability to function at work, and that they are more concerned about the appearance and health of others.
Dr. Lawrence Katz, a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the research team, said the research was the first to examine the relationship between the self esteem and appearance of women.
It also sheds light on a long-standing societal issue, he said.
Women are more interested in appearance, he noted.
But what is not clear is why, he added.
“What it tells us is that people are attracted to beauty in some ways because of how it can make them feel more empowered,” Dr. Katz said.
“Women are more aware of how beautiful they are and how they can benefit from it.
The idea that they should be the first choice for a mate, a career, or for a position of power is not supported by what we know about women.”
Dr. Katie Brown, a clinical psychologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research, said she believes the study provides evidence that the obsession with appearance is not related to being physically attractive.
Instead, it may reflect an inability to maintain the same self-image.
She said the study also provides insight into why women who have an eating disorder are less successful than other women, such as those who are obese.
In one of the studies, women with anorexia nervosa who were given a diet plan that included eating as part of a treatment program reported higher levels of self esteem than those who did not receive treatment, the study said.
The next step is to examine women’s self-esteem in the context of their attractiveness, Dr.
But, she said, it could be a sign that they need more help. “
This study does not mean that people who have body image issues are more attractive than other people,” she said.
But, she said, it could be a sign that they need more help.
“A lot of the work is to understand how women see themselves, what their bodies look like and what it means to be attractive,” she added.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.