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Being Thin Makes a Woman Happier Than Being in a Relationship

People Will Judge You More For Extra Weight Than Single Status

A 24-year study set out to determine what makes a woman happy, and the results suggest that there's more pressure on women to be skinny than there is to find a mate.

The study concluded that being thin makes a woman happier than being in a relationship, while being obese makes a woman more discontent than being single.

The author Dr. Pam Spurr says extra pounds constantly weigh on a woman's mind. She told the Daily Mail: "Their weight is always on their minds. And not at the back of their minds but at the forefront, because we live in a society that is constantly evaluating shape, size and attractiveness." The silver lining: Dr. Spurr says the results mean living a single life has become more socially acceptable.

Last year, a 70-year study from Harvard also claimed to figure out what makes us happy. But the researcher behind that one determined our relationships are the only thing that matter in life. He said: "Happiness is love. Full stop." The Harvard study had one important difference: it only looked at men, implying perhaps that weight is not as important to their happiness. All more evidence that society's bias against obesity is actually a bias against obese women.

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weffie weffie 7 years
These studies always seem to come to the conclusion that all women are pathetically weak, insecure and self-obsessed. What about naturally thin or underweight women? What about a relationship with a total a-hole? Or what if you lose weight while in a relationship? Does your mate suddenly become less important now that you have your new thin waist to feel happy about? There are way too many uncontrollable variables to make this scientifically valid IMO. Either way, the notion that a date or a dress size can give happiness is ridiculous. I'd feel really sad for someone who believed this bs.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
great comment, chloe bella!
Sourie Sourie 7 years
I agreed with the first comment. Weight shouldn't interfere for happiness. Is always good to check yourself at the doctor or do test for health care. But it shouldn't bother u to find a partner or love someone, after all what really matters is the heart of the person not the shape.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Yeah, I don't know why it is always suggested women desperately want and need relationships and must feel unhappy if they're single. I am very happy in my relationship now. But I also had a blast when I was single. How awesome is it to do whatever you want and buy those 200 dollar shoes without feeling guilty? I am nowhere near obesity but I'm not skinny either. I am fairly healthy, so I don't think losing weight would actually make me happier...
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Right on Chloe.
tiniertina tiniertina 7 years
Give me a break! I believe this is overcompensation. There simply aren't enough good mates to go around. This is reinforced by the media ... I once read in Glamour Magazine, and I quote, "Be your own romantic figure" ... Oprah has never really come down hard on the side of size acceptance.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I agree with the first comment. Obesity affects your health, being single usually don't. I'm not going to lie, when I was a couple pond heavier, it affected my self-esteem, but I believe men feel the same way.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I think obese men have it pretty rough as well, as evidenced by male contestants on The Biggest Loser and similar shows. I don't find this study to be all that groundbreaking. Now, if it examined being a couple pounds overweight vs. being single, it would be different. But medical obesity is different than just feeling like you need to lose a few pounds. The obese people I know complain about constant knee and back pain, not being able to walk for longer than a block when it's 85+ degrees outside (not an exaggeration!), and constantly being told to lose weight by their doctors due to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the beginning of Type II diabetes. I could see how that would be more depressing than merely being single. I haven't been single in about 5 years, but as a former single girl, I'm offended by anyone who is surprised by the finding that single women don't categorically feel bad about themselves - there's no reason to! And I hope no one feels bad about themselves merely because they're carrying excess weight, but having seen what obesity does to people firsthand, I'm sure the medical issues would give me a lot of anxiety.
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