Women have a hard time accepting their bodies and have a tendency to think they’re not worthy of respect, according to a new study.
The researchers surveyed more than 3,000 women, and found that women are often surprised to learn that they are not as attractive as their male peers.
But that didn’t stop them from feeling self-conscious about it.
“Women are often ashamed of their bodies, and are also embarrassed that their bodies are not the same as their peers,” lead author Rebecca M. Shih, an assistant professor of marketing at Columbia University, said in a press release.
“This makes it hard for women to come to work knowing that they fit into the social norms and standards of beauty.”
The study also revealed that the women who were told they’re beautiful were less likely to consider other jobs, and were less willing to work overtime.
“The study highlights the importance of understanding the dynamics of body image, including how it can be learned and managed,” said Dr. Shohreh Shamsi, an associate professor of social psychology at Northwestern University.
“Acknowledge your body’s natural beauty and respect it.”
While the study did not address the impact of self-esteem on job performance, it did say that people who are judged negatively are more likely to drop out of school and to have higher rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse.