Are our brains hardwired to hate our bodies?
Hold on sister, check this out;
A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences shows that woman’s brains are showing “eating disordered” traits regardless of how they “think” they actually feel about themselves. That was a mouthful, so let’s read what the doctors have to say;
“Something is happening for women with regard to shape and weight, and that’s for real,” Greg Siegle, a neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.This study is showing it at a biological level. It’s not just a myth.
“This is kind of validating the suspicion that most women are teetering on the edge of an eating disorder,” said Mark Allen, a neuroscientist at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. “If the brain response is so strong in these apparently healthy women, maybe most of us could use a little dose of what it is that you go through in an eating disorder therapy. Based on the new results, it now appears that there is a finer line between women with and without eating disorders than scientists previously suspected”
Read all the brainy details here, here the gist of the study;
The study looked into hidden feelings about body image by scanning the brains of 10 healthy women. The women were thin, but all had passed eating disorder screening tests with flying colors. So, theoretically, they felt just fine with their bodies.
While hooked up to brain scanners, the women looked at images of avatar-like models in skimpy bikinis: some overweight, some skinny. With each image, the women were told to imagine that someone else was saying the model looked like her. When overweight images popped up, their brain lit up like a Christmas tree in all of the women; simply imagining that they might be overweight seemed to make the women question their sense of self (even though they claimed afterward that the test was boring or meaningless).
“Women are actually engaging in an evaluation of who they are and whether they are worthwhile as a person,” Allen said. “Even though women might claim to be well adjusted and not care about body issues, subconsciously they might care.”
At the very least, the new work helps validate what women go through in our society day after day, said Greg Siegle, a neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Amen to that brother,
BTW – Most men, with the exception of Bodybuilders, showed no response at all to pictures of other men in bathing suits, either fat or thin (can I be a guy?)