Both men and women experience strong bodily reactions to sexual harassment, a new study found – the first of its kind which includes men.
Published in the journal Body Image, the researchers examined how men and women react to sexual harassment. They discovered that “women reported greater weight/shape concerns, eating pathology, dietary restraint, eating concerns, and binge eating compared to men,” and that as sexual harassment increased these effects increased.
The interesting new finding was that the main gender difference was that women reacted more with worrying about their body image, binge eating, or restricting their diets, while men responded more with “compensatory behaviors” – by attempting to control their bodies by vomiting, and taking laxatives and diuretics.
Very interesting, but disturbing.