Could being convinced you’re overweight negatively effect your quality of life more than if you’re actually overweight? Yes, according to a recent German study.
7000 adolescents were asked to assess their own bodies on a scale of “far too thin” to “far too fat,” and to also answer a survey about their life quality.
Even though only 18% of the participants were legitimately overweight, 36% of males and 55% of females reported thinking they’re overweight. Those who were actually overweight reported a lower quality of life, but so did those who merely believed they’re too fat without actually being so.
The researchers associate this correlation with social pressure to be thin.
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