• Beware, ladies! Your man's obsession with porn can be harmful to your health

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    Beware, ladies! Your man's obsession with porn can be harmful to your health

    They also stated how many hours of pornography their current partner watches every week, ranging from none to more than eight hours, and...

    Digital Desk: Women, take note! If your guy is obsessed with watching pornography, you are more likely to have an eating disorder, a new study suggests. 

    According to the study, a woman's love partner's behaviour may be related to her probability of experiencing or indulging in extreme guilt about eating, preoccupation with body fat, bingeing, or purging.

    The researchers also found a higher prevalence of such symptoms among women who reported feeling pressured to be thin by their boyfriends or husbands.

    "The relationship between partner pornography use and disordered eating was stronger for this group of women than for college women we've previously studied," said co-author Tracy Tylka, Professor at The Ohio State University.

    "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," Tylka added.

    The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, included 409 women in relationships with men.

    The participants answered a questionnaire designed to identify symptoms of eating disorders as well as questions about perceived pressure from the media and others (partners, friends, and family) in their lives to lose weight and have a thin body.

    They also stated how many hours of pornography their current partner watches every week, ranging from none to more than eight hours, and estimated how frequently their previous partners watched pornography, ranging from never to almost always.

    The researchers next examined the connections between those answers and found a clear link between eating disorder symptoms and both perceived partner pressure to be thin and pornography use.

    "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," Tylka said.