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date: 08 March 2021

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This article examines who is affected by appearance related concerns (i.e., rates of dissatisfaction as a function of gender); the ways in which men and women are affected (e.g., differences in the sources of, antecedents to, and adjustive strategies as a consequence of dissatisfaction); and why men and women may experience dissatisfaction relating to their appearance. The research to date suggests that more women than men experience body dissatisfaction, though a significant proportion of both genders are dissatisfied. Both men and women commonly report dissatisfaction with body aspects that correspond with their respective gender-based ideals. Interestingly however, both genders often misperceive what is attractive to the opposite sex.

Keywords: men, women, body image, appearance psychology, dissatisfaction

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