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Women whose boyfriends watch porn ‘more likely to develop eating disorders’

A woman whose husband or boyfriend watches loads of porn faces an increased risk of developing an eating disorder, a psychologist has claimed.

Ladies in relationships with men who watch a lot of x-rated material often feel ‘feel sexless because their partners are spending time with porn instead of connecting with them’.

This means they are more likely to feel guilty about eating, become preoccupied with body weight or even binge and purge. The research also found that females whose partners pressured them to be thin were prone to eating disorders.

‘We often talk about the influences of media, family and friends on eating disorders, but little has been done to determine how a partner’s influence might contribute to a woman’s disordered eating,’ said Tracy Tylka, a professor of psychology at Ohio State University.

‘It’s a gap in the research and if certain partner variables are risk factors we should be giving them more attention.’ The study surveyed 409 women with an average age of 34 who came from ‘a broader demographic than the stereotypical white adolescent girl with anorexia’.

They were asked about symptoms of eating disorders and also questioned on pressure from the media, partners and friends to lose weight and have a thin body – as well as how much porn their partner watched.

The results showed ‘a clear association between eating disorder symptoms and both perceived partner pressure to be thin and pornography use’.

‘Disordered eating affects many people who do not fit this description – as many as 20 to 25% of women – and this study helps us better understand the influences on these women,’ Tylka added.

‘In many categories of eating disorder symptoms, perceived pressure from a romantic partner to be thin appeared to be more detrimental than pressure from friends or family, or even the media.

‘The relationship between partner pornography use and disordered eating was stronger for this group of women than for college women we’ve previously studied.

‘That could be because these women have had more relationship experiences, and these experiences have shaped their relationships with food and their perceptions of their bodies.’

Source: metro.co.uk

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