Professor Christine Logel suggests that “when we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones–families, friends and romantic partners–for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think.”
The study involved women who found that if they received a larger number of acceptance messages about their weight resulted in better weight management and maintenance. Some participants even experienced weight loss.
University age women were the prime objects in the study. The women were said to be at the high end of the BMI recommendations for Canada and some experienced weight gain and some did not. The study ultimately revealed that the women in the study were able to either maintain or even lose weight when they received positive acceptance messages from their loved ones. When they heard that their loved ones accepted them as they are they were able to accept themselves and feel better about their bodies. You can read more information about this article here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/287335.php?tw
There has been a lot of research that my friend Fersen Lambranho has read that suggests social support truly improves our health and when we feel accepted for who we are, we tend to live healthier lifestyles. Pressure from loved ones has not been proven to be helpful towards the women who participated in the study and actually led some of the women who were not primarily concerned with their weight to gain some additional weight.