A new survey highlights some revealing statistics about the relationship between women and food.
- 60% of women in relationships do not feel comfortable eating in front of their partner
- 50% of women in relationships get shy undressing in front of their partner
- 40% of women feel as though they are constantly dieting
- 13% of women choose low-calorie meals instead of what they would actually like when eating out
Can we really believe these numbers?Although featured in Time and the Daily Mail, these numbers seem high. The survey was “carried out for Shapesmart” – according to nutritionist Mary Strugar. Shapesmart is a UK-based weight management program, and Strugar sits on the “Expert Advice Panel”. The UKPA mentions that 5,000 people were surveyed – but nowhere can I discover if any of these people had a pre-existing relationship with the diet company.
Reader surveys can be notoriously biased – it’s a bit like surveying readers of a gossip magazine if they are obsessed with celebrities — you are probably going to get a different result to the rest of the population.
Regardless of accuracy – I have no doubt that many women have an unhealthy relationship with food. The reasons for not wanting to eat in front of a partner are unclear – is he critical? Does the woman feel under scrutiny for what she chooses to eat?
Are you comfortable eating in front of your partner?