If you ask married people what they think of the way their spouse looks, chances are you’d get a sweet, “My spouse is perfect as-is” kind of response. The reality? Many people really do have strong opinions about what they like most and least about their husband or wife’s appearance.
Leading the way are Millennials. While almost half of respondents said they think they’re superficial to some degree, 56 percent of married people in the 26 to 33 age group put themselves in this category.
So, what are the body parts married couples love the most on their partner? Nearly one in four said it’s the face (maybe it’s time to consider a facelift after a few years of marriage?); followed by the eyes and butt. The least favorite area?
Both men and women agreed that it’s the stomach. Forty-one percent of women want to change their spouse’s stomach and 34 percent of men said the same. In fact, one-third dislike this feature so much that they would change it if they could.
Men also rated the butt, chest and legs as areas their spouse could improve. Meanwhile, women cited teeth, hair and nose.
Eighty-five percent of people rated their spouse’s attractiveness when they first met between a seven and 10, with 10 being the highest. However, almost eight percent stopped finding their spouse attractive after only two years of marriage. And a notable 18 percent said they no longer find their spouse attractive at all.
Even the one in three who rated their spouse a 10 when they first met showed signs of waning attraction. More than 10 percent of those who thought their spouse was perfect initially have changed their minds over time.
A big issue for both men and women is weight. More than half of survey respondents said their spouse could stand to drop some pounds. One-quarter believe their spouse needs to lose 25 or more and more than half said up to 10 pounds.
Starting a family played a role in the opinions. After having only one child, 69 percent of men said their spouse needed to lose some weight. It’s not just women struggling to lose the baby weight, however. Sixty-five percent of women also said their spouse could stand to lose some pounds after becoming a parent.
Fitness is a concern. While many said their spouse is in average shape, one in five felt their spouse could benefit from hiring a trainer (or maybe considering liposuction procedures).
The news isn’t all bad, though. Just check out the attitude of married couples in the Midwest. Nearly one-quarter of people surveyed there said they think their spouses are perfect exactly how they are.
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