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You're Not The Only One Unhappy With Your Weight

Research shows men's self-esteem is also affected by their appearance.
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While women arguably have to deal with much harsher beauty ideals than men, it turns out both sexes feel pretty similarly when it comes to self-esteem surrounding their appearance and weight.

A new study in the journal Body Image sought to discover "the prevalence and correlates of satisfaction with appearance and weight," and ended up with some rather insightful results. The study was based on 12,176 online surveys gathered via NBCNews.com and Today.com, and while there weren't very many men and women to report they were "very to extremely dissatisfied" with their looks (6 percent and 9 percent, respectively), there were quite a few more of both to report they were "very to extremely dissatisfied" with their weight (15 percent and 20 percent, respectively).


On the other end of the spectrum, about a quarter of participants reported that they were "very to extremely satisfied" with their looks (28 percent of men and 26 percent of women), while those who were "very to extremely satisfied" with their weight clocked in a bit lower (24 percent and 20 percent, respectively). As a result, the study concludes that there is, in fact, a correlation between weight dissatisfaction and self-perception—along with some other pretty interesting findings.

"Dissatisfied people had higher Neuroticism, more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles, and spent more hours watching television," the study's abstract reads. "In contrast, satisfied people had higher Openness, Conscientious, and Extraversion, were more secure in attachment style, and had higher self-esteem and life satisfaction."

Source: ScienceDirect

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.